British Army Sapper Elijah Cooper Bond, age 24, died on 8th December 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital, in Birmingham, UK, after being evacuated from Afghanistan. He had been injured in a bomb blast during a reconnaissance patrol in the Deh Adham Khan region of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand province on 6th December 2011.
Sapper Bond was born in Havant, Hampshire and grew up in St Austell, Cornwall. He joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in August 2008. After two years of extensive training he joined 37 Armoured Engineer Squadron, a part of 35 Engineer Regiment based in Paderborn, Germany, in September 2010.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Copsey, Commanding Officer, 35 Engineer Regiment, said: "Sapper Elijah Bond will be sadly missed by his close-knit Troop and Squadron. His lively and outgoing nature was founded on an inner confidence that saw him excel during his time in the Royal Engineers. He was a rising star within his Squadron and he had a bright future ahead of him."
The Family of Sapper Bond made this statement: "Elijah Cooper Bond left the world in the way he chose to live his life. He was a beautiful son, amazing brother, a proud uncle and our best friend. From a wicked grin to a righteous smile he could light up a room as much as he lit up our lives, so mischievous and fun yet grounded and down to earth. He will forever be a piece of us and remain in our hearts."
Sapper Bond leaves behind his mother, Lizz and father, Mark, sisters, Kimberley and Bethany and brothers, Isaac and Jose.