Prince Harry paid tribute to two soldiers, Corporal Liam Riley and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, killed by roadside bombs while on foot patrol in Afghanistan on Monday.
21-year-old, Corporal Liam Riley, the youngest corporal in 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, who had turned 27 the day before he died, were killed in two explosions near Malgir in Helmand province.
During his service in Afghanistan in 2008, has served with Liam Riley at a British Army training unit in Suffield, Canada in 2007.
Prince Harry said: “He was a legend, a really special man who got us all going and heading in the right direction. It was a privilege to have worked alongside him”.
Lt Col Tom Vallings, commanding officer of 3 Yorks, said : “Riley had been identified ‘as one of our stars of the future’ but was killed whilst heroically returning fire to extract one of his team. Shaw was A great soldier and a great bloke”.
Riley’s family said in a statement that he had taken to the army “like a duck to water”.
Shaw’s family said he “was proud to be a member of the army like his father before him”. He knew the danger he faced and “lost his life doing the job he liked and enjoyed”.
British Military Death Toll in Afghanistan was rised to 253 since 2001.