The Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Guardsman Michael Roland, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He died on Friday 27 April 2012 as a result of a gunshot wound sustained in Afghanistan.

Guardsman Michael Roland deployed to Afghanistan on 3 April 2012 as a Rifleman in No 3 Platoon, part of The Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards. He was based in Main Operating Base Price near Gereshk in the Nahr-e-Saraj North District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

On 26 April 2012 Guardsman Roland deployed with his Company on a three-day operation to disrupt insurgent activity in a contested area in the north of Nahr-e-Saraj District. On the morning of 27 April 2012 he was fatally wounded during an exchange of small arms fire. He was extracted back to the hospital in Camp Bastion but sadly he died of his injuries.