Wednesday, October 31, 2012

British Army Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter

British Army Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter, serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) was one of two soldiers shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan Police uniform who had been at a meeting with them at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on 30th October 2012. Lt. Drummond-Baxter was attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines.

29-year-old Lieutenant Drummond-Baxter was born in Peterborough. He studied at University College London and gained a BSc degree in Psychology. While at university he was an active member of his local Army Reserves regiment, The Honourable Artillery Company.

Before joining the British Army, he spent two years working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office including a posting to Japan. He was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in December 2010 and passed the arduous Jungle Warfare Course in Brunei to qualify as Jungle Operations Instructor.

Lieutenant Colonel David Robinson, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, said: "Our battalion has lost a character, a true gentleman and an inspirational leader in Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter. Edward or 'DB', as he was often known, was one of life's true personalities; his Gurkha soldiers noticeably responded to his dedication to them but also to his great wit and humour. They would follow him anywhere."

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson Royal Marines, Commanding Officer 40 Commando Royal Marines, said: "Edward was a remarkably talented officer. He readily accepted the challenges placed before him and was so demonstrably proud to be serving in Delhi Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. I saw at first hand the way in which he capably led his men through the training prior to deployment and the way that his Gurkhas responded to his leadership style; they had clearly made an exceptional bond."

He leaves behind his mother, Helen, father, David and sister, Emily.

The other soldier killed was Gurkha Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar.

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