Monday, July 18, 2011

British Army Lance-Corporal Paul Watkins

British Army Lance-Corporal Paul Watkins, from 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's), was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 16 July 2011.

He was killed by small-arms fire in a contact with enemy forces during a routine patrol near Gereshk, Helmand province.

L-Cpl. Watkins, age 24, was from Port Elizabeth in the Republic of South Africa. He joined the Army in September 2007 as a Foreign and Commonwealth soldier. During his four years of service, Lance Corporal Watkins served on Operation TELIC 12, as part of a mentoring and training team to the Iraqi airborne forces in Az Zubayr. In September 2010, he completed his Junior Command Course on which he performed to an excellent standard.

He deployed to Afghanistan in March this year. L-Cpl. Watkins leaves behind his mother Jill, father Rod, and brothers Luke and Simon.


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