Friday, December 26, 2008

Marine killed in Helmand is named

A Royal Marine who was killed in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve has been named as L/Cpl Benjamin Whatley by the Ministry of Defence.

The marine, from 42 Commando, died from enemy fire in the Nad-e-Ali district near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

L/Cpl Whatley, 20, from King's Lynn in Norfolk was described as "vibrant, happy person" by his family.

Some 136 UK troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, including 11 Royal Marines in the past two months.

L/Cpl Whatley was killed in a fierce and prolonged battle while leading his men into action, the MoD said.

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