Dead British soldier named

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Ministry of Defence has named the British soldier who died in Afghanistan yesterday.

Twenty-six year-old Lance Corporal Sean Tansey, from the Household Cavalry Regiment, was killed whilst mending a damaged Scimitar tank near Sangin in Helmand province. An inquiry into his death will now be conducted.

"Always smart, always hard working, he was a very experienced reconnaissance soldier, who was not only respected professionally but was also a charming individual, hugely popular among his peers," said Lt Col Edward Smyth-Osbourne, Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry regiment. "With his death the Household Cavalry has suffered the loss of another exceptionally talented member of the regiment."

He is the nineteenth British soldier to die in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.