21 Engineer Regiment

 


[ Lance Corporal Barry Buxton ]

From Wikipedia,


  Lance Corporal Barry Buxton of 21 Engineer Regiment Killed in Afghanistan on 3 May 2010. Lance Corporal Buxton was involved in a traffic accident whilst driving alongside the Nahr-e Bughra canal and died of his injuries soon afterwards at the UK hospital in Camp Bastion. Lance Corporal Barry Buxton, aged 27, from Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 2 January 2002 as a Design Draughtsman, later retraining as an Armoured Engineer. He joined 21 Engineer Regiment in Ripon on 16 November 2009. Lance Corporal Buxton had previously served with 25 Engineer Regiment in Ireland and 22 Engineer Regiment in Tidworth. He deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC in 2006 and to Canada on Exercise Medicine Man in Autumn 2009. Immediately prior to deploying on Operation HERRICK 12, he completed the Armoured Engineer Class 1 course. Lance Corporal Buxton deployed on Operation HERRICK 12 in March 2010 as the second-in-command of a field section in 1st Armoured Engineer Squadron. As well as completing combat engineer tasks, his section formed the squadron's mobility group and were used to  escort personnel, equipment and vital engineering materiel within the Nad 'Ali area.  On 3 May 2010 he was commanding a vehicle during a move between Patrol Base Shawqat and Patrol Base Shaheed in order to conduct a technical reconnaissance for a future bridge-building project which would increase freedom of movement for hundreds of local nationals. Whilst driving alongside the Nahr-e Bughra canal, the road collapsed causing his vehicle to roll into the canal. The heroic efforts of his fellow Sappers managed to free him from the submerged vehicle, but he was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the UK hospital in Camp Bastion. Lance Corporal Buxton leaves behind his wife Emma who lives in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent.

[ Lance Corporal Barry Buxton ]

Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton-Knight, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment, said: "Lance Corporal Buxton was a great soldier and a fine man. Friendly and outgoing with a keen sense of humour, he had only been in the regiment a short time but had quickly made his mark. He was an inspirational Junior Non-Commissioned Officer, respected by his men and trusted by his commanders. "He had a bright future ahead of him; confident and capable, he would have gone a long way. "Among his many talents, he was known for his fitness and determination. He would rise to every challenge and particularly relished tough physical activity; running, biking, skiing, kayaking, he could do them all and he could do them to an exceptional standard. "In 2008 he represented the Royal Engineers in the gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race, picking up the trophies for the fastest Army and the fastest Services' time. "A true professional and a friend to all who knew him, he will be sorely missed by the regiment. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Emma, his family and his many friends."  Major David Ellison, Officer Commanding, 1st Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Lance Corporal Barry Buxton endeared himself to all within the squadron. He was a good-humoured and fun-loving character and it was clear we were lucky that he had been posted to our unit. Both intelligent and articulate, his was a young life with huge promise. "He had drive and determination in abundance. Utterly selfless, he would be the first to offer assistance to those around him, never shying from the tough jobs or expecting more of others than he would give himself. "He was a talented sportsman and whilst he had an infectious enthusiasm for all things active, he was also modest to a fault. "With such a broad array of qualities he was destined for an extremely successful military career. His loss has left a big gap in the squadron and one that will be hard to fill. All our thoughts now are with Barry's family, and in particular with his wife Emma."

Lieutenant Gareth Lloyd-Davies, Troop Commander, 1 Troop, 1st Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Being able to spend time with soldiers like Lance Corporal Barry Buxton is one of the main reasons I joined the Army. He was a true professional and a popular member of the troop. Fiercely intelligent, he was a constant source of bright ideas, and whilst some were more a source of humour than practical reality, his drive and initiative were an inspiration to all. "A personal man, when back in the UK he was always keen to spend time with his family, particularly Emma, rushing home at every available opportunity. Nonetheless, he always found room for others and gave generously of his time to those who required his support. "Always at the heart of fun and banter within the troop, his was among the thinnest of moustaches that have taken root since the start of the tour. I will always have fond memories of Barry; his passing leaves a void in all our lives and our thoughts and prayers are now with his friends and family." Staff Sergeant Tolcher, Troop Staff Sergeant, 1 Troop, 1st Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Lance Corporal Barry Buxton was a professional and conscientious soldier. Extremely proud of being an Armoured Engineer, he would say 'There's only one Engineer, and that's an Armoured Engineer'. "Resolute and steadfast, Barry was a no fuss soldier who just got on with the job. I am truly grateful to have worked with him and he will be sorely missed by everyone in the troop. Our thoughts are with his wife and family that he leaves behind." Corporal Walters, Section Commander, 1 Troop, 1st Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Lance Corporal Barry Buxton, 'Baz' to his mates, was a strong and dependable soldier. Although recently posted into the squadron, and new in my section, Baz soon found his feet and settled in. He had an uncanny knack of being able to make those around him laugh regardless of what he was talking about. "Baz was never shy in coming forward. He used his knowledge and experience to get the job done. Baz would never give up and he always saw a job through to the end. "He has left a lasting impression on all those he worked with. His tragic and untimely passing has shocked everyone who knew him; particularly his friends in the section. He has left a huge gap that will be very hard to fill. Our thoughts are with his wife, Emma, and his  family and friends."


[Sapper Daryn Roy ]

Sapper Daryn Roy of 21 Engineer Regiment in Afghanistan on killed 3 May 2010. Sapper Roy's vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while he was travelling near Patrol Base Pimon; he was evacuated by helicopter but died of his injuries at the hospital in Camp Bastion. Sapper Daryn Roy, aged 28, originally from Consett, County Durham, enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 4 October 2005 as a combat signaller. After completing combat engineer and combat signaller courses he joined 21 Engineer Regiment, who were based in Osnabrück, on 28 September 2006. Having arrived at 21 Engineer Regiment, Sapper Roy deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC 11 from November 2007 to May 2008 where he worked as a combat engineer in a section focused mainly on constructing force protection. During this tour he also successfully completed additional combat engineer and combat signaller training to upgrade to a higher qualification. After TELIC 11, and with the regiment now based in Ripon, he passed the potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officers' cadre in October 2009. He was due to be posted as a Lance Corporal to 101 Engineer Regiment EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) in June. Sapper Roy deployed on Operation HERRICK 12 in March 2010 and was employed on a range of construction and combat engineer tasks both as a section sapper and as a signaller. On 3 May 2010 he was driving in convoy from Camp Bastion to Patrol Base Pimon in the Nad 'Ali area. From there the convoy was to meet up with and provide protection for a group of civilian vehicles carrying engineering stores needed for a task at Patrol Base Nahidullah. Before reaching Patrol Base Pimon, Sapper Roy's vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device; he was evacuated by helicopter but died of his injuries at the hospital in Camp Bastion.

[ Sapper Daryn Roy with his mother Carol and brother Terry ]

Sapper Daryn Roy with his mother Carol and brother Terry

Sapper Roy's family made the following statement: "We will miss Daryn's happy-go-lucky personality and his cheeky smile so much. He loved the Army and he lived his life without regrets. The whole family wishes to express our deep love and pride for Daryn and celebrate his fantastic life."

Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton-Knight, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment, said: "Sapper Roy was the most professional of soldiers. He was trained as both a combat engineer and combat signaller and could hold his own with the best at either. He joined the Army later than most and brought with him a sense of maturity and common sense that few could match. "He had quickly proved himself in the regiment, his pursuit of the high standards made him stand out and he was about to move on as a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer. He was always keen to get out on the ground where his expertise was needed most. "He never complained, never moaned; he worked hard, looked after his mates, and made a difference. He was the type of soldier you wanted around and the type you wanted to be around. "Sapper Roy summed up all that is good about being a Royal Engineer. He was intelligent, hardworking and resilient. He would turn his hand to any task and demand the best from himself. He was immensely proud to be a Sapper and would do anything to defend his troop. "He was like an older brother to the other Sappers; supportive, protective, yet firm when necessary. He was quick-witted, high-spirited and always raised morale. He died serving his country and working with his friends. "He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. As individuals and as a regiment our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends." Major Johnny Lacken, Officer Commanding, 4 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Sapper Roy was amongst the most professional soldiers I have worked with. He demanded the most exacting standards from himself; believing that if something was worth doing, it was worth doing properly. "Stoic and unflappable in adversity, he simply got on with his job to the best of his ability. A modest man, he never sought recognition for his talent or his unstinting hard work. "He was fiercely proud of his troop and, as one of the more mature Sappers, he was like an older brother to his peers. He was happiest when he was working with and in the company of his mates and this was when his outgoing and lively personality came to the fore. "He was intelligent, wily and had a razor-sharp wit. He rarely missed an opportunity to create mischief for his own amusement. He was forthright with his opinions and would defend them to the hilt. It was never dull when he was around and he always raised morale. "Sapper Roy died doing a job he loved surrounded by friends who he treated as family. His loss will be particularly felt by the young signallers in the squadron. "A fine soldier and the best of men, his death has left a void in the squadron. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time." Corporal Liam Ord, Section Commander, 4 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "To his mates, Sapper Daz Roy was larger than life and had a quick wit that could not be matched. He was always a loyal lad and ever ready to voice his opinion in support of his mates. "He had a can-do attitude and would never let anything get him down. He had an ever-present sense of humour and would always lift morale in any situation. "As a soldier, he was a privilege to command. He always delivered on time and would strive to achieve the highest standards. He always backed me up and I knew I could totally rely on him. It didn’t matter how cold, wet or tired he was; he always gave his best. "I spent most weekends travelling up and down the A1 with Daz, mainly talking about football and having to endure his quick wit about Newcastle being relegated to the Championship last season. Given that he was a Geordie, I never understood why he supported Liverpool; he was a huge fan. In the end I gave up asking him why; he used to just smile and say that they were the better team. "He was a very sociable lad, popular in the troop and with his mates in Newcastle and Durham. He was excellent company and was always in demand to go out with friends at the weekend. He was a great mate. He will be sorely missed and we will always remember him."


[ Sapper Darren Foster ]

Sapper Darren Foster of 21 Engineer Regiment was killed on Friday 13th August 2010.

At 0653hrs on 13 August 2010, whilst manning a sangar in order to provide security to his colleagues in Patrol Base Sangin Fulod, Sapper Darren Foster was engaged by small arms fire and suffered a gunshot wound. He received medical treatment on site and was evacuated by helicopter to the Bastion Role 3 Hospital where he died of his wounds. Sapper Darren Foster, aged 20, originally from Whitehaven, Cumbria, enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 22 September 2008. After completing basic training he qualified as a combat engineer and subsequently as a military fabricator. He joined 21 Engineer Regiment, based in Ripon, on 18 May 2010. After preparing for deployment in Ripon, he joined the Regiment on Operation HERRICK 12 on 20 July 2010. He quickly joined his section who were supporting 40 Commando Royal Marines in Sangin. He was employed on a wide range of construction and combat engineer tasks and was closely involved in the demanding construction project to upgrade Patrol Base Sangin Fulod to a company-sized location.

 

In a joint statement, the family of Sapper Foster said: "He was a loving son, grandson and brother who will be sorely missed for his crazy flamboyant lifestyle. His only aim was to serve in the Army, for which he made us all proud." Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton-Knight Royal Engineers, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment Group, said: "Sapper Darren Foster was a young soldier with a great deal of promise. From the moment he arrived in the Regiment he was pushing to get out to Afghanistan as soon as he could. He arrived full of energy, itching to join his fellow Sappers and was quickly in the thick of it in Sangin. "He loved soldiering and was fiercely proud of being a Sapper. "He was never one to shy away from work or to leave a task half done; his section knew it and they loved him for it. He was a soldier you could rely on and one we could all trust. He was with the Regiment for just three months and in Afghanistan for just three weeks, but in that time he made his mark. "His motivation, professionalism and his pride marked him out. He died doing a job he loved and whilst defending his friends. We have lost a good man and as a regiment our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, girlfriend and his many friends." Major Jason Ainley Royal Engineers, Officer Commanding, 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Sapper Darren Foster recently joined the ranks of 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, bringing with him a real zest for soldiering. From the moment he first learned of his new Squadron's deployment in Afghanistan, his enthusiasm to join us out here was never in doubt. "He soon found himself deployed as part of a small team of Royal Engineers supporting 40 Commando Royal Marines in Sangin; a challenge that he rose to admirably. "Sapper Foster clearly made a mark on those who worked with him during his short time with us, and he will be sadly missed. We have  lost a soldier and sapper of real promise, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time." Captain Greg Harris, Battle Group Engineer, Combined Forces Sangin, said: "Sapper Darren Foster had only recently joined us in Sangin, but from the day he flew into Forward Operating Base Sabit Qadam he had impressed me with his enthusiastic manner. He had joined his colleagues in 9 Troop at Forward Operating Base Sangin Fulod, where he was part of a small team striving to enlarge the base and improve living conditions for Delta Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines. "He was hard working and instrumental in achieving this task and his contribution to the team effort ensured that he was well respected by his fellow Engineers. My thoughts are with his parents, girlfriend and all those he left behind." Corporal John Rutter, Section Commander, 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "Sapper 'Cookie' Foster was a Sapper through and through; although new to the Squadron he possessed the qualities and capabilities of a soldier beyond his years. "He gained the name 'Cookie' by making the mistake of telling the section that cooking was a passion of his and was duly appointed head Engineer Chef, however this was not the only reason why he shone within the Section, it was his hardworking and enthusiastic approach to work, accompanied with his friendly personality that made him the sapper he was. "As an intelligent and skilled sapper he fitted in with the section from the start and was liked by all. We only had the privilege of knowing 'Cookie' since he deployed and joined us at Forward Operating Base Sangin Fulod, but within that time he has made a lasting impression on us all that we will never forget. "Rest in Peace mate." Sapper Richard Cummings, 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "When I first arrived at 21 Engineer Regiment, Sapper Foster was one of the first people to greet me. He was very kind and told me what I should expect when I first arrived in the Regiment.  "Sapper Foster was extremely keen and when he was told he was to deploy to Afghanistan and meet up with the rest of the Squadron, to say he was excited would be an understatement! He was very enthusiastic about his role in the Royal Engineers. "He fancied himself as a bit of a Masterchef, and despite attending every fixed meal would still be cooking up super noodles like he was Gordon Ramsey in the evenings; he could eat to his hearts content and still stay in shape. He was great at physical training and would always come back from a hard training session barely sweating at all. "Sapper Foster was a genuine down to earth guy and will be missed by all who knew him." Sapper Mark Kiseljov, 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, said: "I first met 'Foz' in Ripon, when he arrived in the Regiment not long after me. We did most of our pre-deployment training together and we got to know each other on the build up to our tour.  "Although he seemed to be wide eyed and apprehensive at first, he soon settled into the scheme of things and was quick to show his willingness to do the job and his keenness for the Army. "He was always ahead of the game and preparing for his next task, this was an early sign of his potential and demonstrated his aspirations for a long career in the Royal Engineers. "A funny lad and a typical Northerner, his pride and joy was his silver Golf and, possibly because of this, he was especially careful with his money. "I'll always remember how he would stash ration packs in his locker and profusely claim that 'it was because [he] liked the taste of them' and that it had nothing to do with the fact that they were free'. He was always on the phone texting to his girlfriend with a cheeky grin on his face. "It is another tragic loss for the Regiment, for a family and for the peers of another sapper taken in his prime. Although he's gone, his spirit lives on and he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace friend. We miss you."


[ Sapper Ishwor Gurung ]

Sapper Ishwor Gurung from 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on Friday 13 August 2010. On 13 August 2010, whilst constructing a new sangar to increase the protection and security of the soldiers at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shahzad in south west Helmand province, Sapper Ishwor Gurung's Troop came under insurgent attack and he was caught in insurgent fire. Despite the best efforts of his Troop to save his life, Sapper Ishwor was killed in action. Sapper Ishwor Gurung was born in Pokhara, Nepal on 15 October 1988. Having passed selection for the Brigade of Gurkhas in Pokhara on 14 December 2007, he went on to complete initial infantry training in Catterick, North Yorkshire, and combat engineer training at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Minley. He was subsequently posted to 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, part of 36 Engineer Regiment in Maidstone, Kent, and trained as a bricklayer and concreter. Sapper Ishwor spent the last year preparing for this, his first operational tour. This included a large scale construction exercise in Devon and mission specific training in Ripon, North Yorkshire. He excelled throughout these activities, proving not only his burgeoning professional knowledge but his keen desire to deploy on operations in Afghanistan. He was an outstanding sportsman and had represented 36 Engineer Regiment in Divisional cross country competitions and boxed for his squadron. Sapper Ishwor had been working with his Troop in support of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (2 LANCS) Battle Group, Combined Force Nad 'Ali (North), improving the defences at Forward Operating Base Shahzad, when he was killed during an insurgent attack on the base.

 

His family have made the following statement: "Our family is devastated with the news of Ishwor's death in Afghanistan on 13 Aug 2010. Ishwor was 14 years old when his father died and he fully supported the family as a young man. "He was a very caring and a very bright boy. He followed his father's footsteps, his father was a soldier in the Indian Army. "He loved the Army and was very proud to be a Gurkha. I am proud that my son served in the British Army and that he died doing a job that he loved." Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton-Knight Royal Engineers, Commanding Officer 21 Engineer Regiment Group, said: "Sapper Ishwor Gurung was an exceptionally good soldier. He was enormously proud to be a Queen's Gurkha Engineer, he loved his squadron and, like every Gurkha Engineer, he loved soldiering. "Sapper Ishwor had bags of energy and his motivation never faulted. Even after the longest of days, on the most demanding tasks in the toughest of conditions, he would have a huge smile on his face and be ready for more. "His enthusiasm was infectious and his friends loved him for it. He was modest to a fault, polite and, even when covered in dust and mud, still managed to be immaculately turned out. "He was exceptionally fit, almost unbeatable at cross country and unstoppable in the boxing ring. Although he was still young, his potential had already been spotted and it would not have been long before he made it as a non-commissioned officer. "Sapper Ishwor died putting his own life in danger to provide protection for others. He was doing a job he loved and was surrounded by friends. It was an honour to have him with the Regiment; his death is an enormous loss to us all and in particular to The Queen's Gurkha Engineers.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother Sunkumari, brother Ramprasad and sister Richa in Nepal, his wider family and his many friends." Lieutenant Colonel Simon Hulme MBE Royal Engineers, Commanding Officer 36 Engineer Regiment, said: "The loss of Sapper Ishwor Gurung has dealt a heavy blow to all ranks of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers. He was immensely talented as a soldier, a sportsman and an individual. Sapper Ishwor set the example for his comrades to follow. "Sapper Ishwor had a bright future ahead of him, his dedication and his ability to focus and apply his efforts in even the most difficult circumstances marked him out above his peers. His bright and enigmatic smile brought cheer to even the most difficult of situations. "He was active in all that he did, thoughtful for those around him and incredibly loyal. His service within the Queen's Gurkha Engineers, although short, will never be forgotten; he has left his mark on all that he did and on all those that he met. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his mother and family at this difficult time."  Major Ian Moore Royal Engineers, Officer Commanding 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, said: "Sapper Ishwor Gurung was an outstanding young soldier. Having breezed through the rigorous Gurkha selection process, he elected to join the Queen's Gurkha Engineers and trained as a Combat Engineer and Bricklayer. He passed every course with distinction and soon established himself as an exceptionally bright and dependable young man. "On joining 69 Gurkha Field Squadron in Maidstone, his strong team ethics and desire to learn soon brought praise and plaudit from his commanders and gurujis. In particular his willingness to take on any task or challenge was notable and outstripped his relative inexperience. "Although this was his first operational tour, he thrived in the austere conditions and revelled in the long hard days. With the energy, drive and enthusiasm he imparted, you would have thought he was a veteran of many tours. "Sapper Ishwor had an exceptionally amiable character, a beaming smile and was always ready to share a joke. "His selflessness and loyalty to his numberies and the Queen's Gurkha Engineers was unquestionable and he was always the first to offer assistance to those around him. "He was the archetypal Gurkha; always well turned out, unbelievably polite and modest to the core. That said, he was never afraid to ask questions and he readily engaged me when he felt the need. "My last meeting with him was a typical example of this, as we sat late into the evening talking about his plans for post tour leave in Nepal and what the Squadron would do on its return to the UK.  "Sapper Ishwor got involved in everything, whether it was an arduous engineering task or dressing up to celebrate a Nepalese festival. "He was exceptionally fit, an outstanding cross country runner and despite his small size, one of the most courageous and tenacious boxers I ever have seen. "He was a pleasure to have under my command and was without doubt the sort of soldier every commander wishes for. "He had a very bright future ahead of him and would have undoubtedly made an excellent non-commissioned officer. "His sudden departure has left a hole in our close knit team and we will all miss him greatly. We will redouble our efforts, finish our task and leave a legacy to honour his name. "Whilst his family is far away in Nepal, they are close in our thoughts. "Ramro sutnu hos Ishwor bhai. Hami na birsane chaun. (Sleep well young brother we won't forget you.)" Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Bishwa Bahadur Rai, Queen's Gurkha Engineers, Squadron Sergeant Major, 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, said: "Although I had known Sapper Ishwor for only a short period of time, he has left an everlasting impression with me. I came to know him very well when I visited his Troop in Patrol Base Shahzad three weeks ago. As ever, always cheerful, professional and very hardworking he was a typical Gurkha Sapper. "Despite being very young he had the confidence and ability of a much more experienced soldier. Sadly he is no longer with us but will be greatly missed by all the members of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers and the wider Brigade of Gurkhas. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. "Jai QGE!" Captain Yambahadur Pun, Queen's Gurkha Engineers, Troop Commander, 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, said: "Sapper Ishwor was fiercely brave and unswervingly loyal. He was a true Gurkha soldier. He was very professional, extremely likable and, above all, exceptionally helpful. He had a bright future ahead of him and was always keen learn. "He threw himself wholeheartedly into everything he did and his zest for life and enthusiasm was an inspiration to all those around him. He was without doubt full of life and character. "Sapper Ishwor was a loving family man. He kept in good contact with his extended family in Nepal and could not wait to see them after the tour. "His passing leaves a void in our lives and we will always have fond memories of him. He will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy and thoughts go to his family, relatives and friends." Staff Sergeant Bikash Rai, Troop Staff Sergeant, 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, said: "Sapper Ishwor was one of the most hardworking and popular member in the Troop. He was always proud and loved the job what he was doing. I will miss him for sure and he will remain in our thoughts forever." Corporal Suryabahadur Tumbahangphe, Section Commander, 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, said: "Sapper Ishwor was an extremely loyal and cheerful person. He was the most proactive Sapper who always volunteered and was never afraid to put his life before that of the other members of the Section. "I have truly loved him since he was a recruit in training. He will be sadly missed and he will remain in our hearts forever." Other Sappers in 69 Gurkha Field Squadron paid tribute to Sapper Ishwor Gurung: "Ishwor Gurung, our intimate friend and comrade was extremely brave and ambitious. He always created a cheerful environment and kept our spirits up when we were tired and thirsty. "We joined the Brigade of Gurkhas together three years ago but had never expected this moment. He will always remain in our hearts and never be forgotten. "Sapper Ishwor was a very good friend and an excellent soldier. He was very famous amongst his peers and exceptionally friendly with everyone. He was a fun loving, helpful, kind hearted and reliable person. "Unfortunately he has left us while doing his duty and it is hard to believe we will not see him again. He will be missed by all in 'Intake 08' and 'Training Party 62'. "He will always be in our hearts and minds. We will remember you. Rest in Peace Sapper Ishwor."