British Army Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon was one of two British Cavalry soldiers killed in action on 17th November 2011 when their armoured patrol vehicle hit an insurgent roadside bomb. The incident occurred in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand province.
31-year-old L-Cpl. Scanlon served with the elite 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards. He joined the Army in November 1998 and had served in Bosnia in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 and 2005 before deciding to leave the Army in July 2006. After being dissatisfied in a number of civilian jobs he rejoined the Army and the Regiment in September 2009 and was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan last month.
Lieutenant Colonel Jasper de Quincey Adams, Commanding Officer, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards said: "Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon was one of life's great characters, always with an infectious smile and a tangible love of life. An experienced soldier, calm under pressure, he was hand picked as the Troop Leader's gunner on a demanding operational tour. He was a fighting soldier, cracking in the field or on operations, and in camp, his flamboyant character meant he could find fun in any situation. His appetite for the finer things in life was prodigious and had earned him one of the more memorable nicknames - nothing was ever half hearted for Lance Corporal Scanlon."
L-Cpl. Scanlon leaves behind his mother Cherry, step-father Robert, father Raymond and sisters Lisa and Emma.
The other soldier killed in the same incident was Lieutenant David Boyce