Corporal Damian Lawrence of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) was killed on Sunday 17th February 2008, in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. Corporal Lawrence was leading a patrol in Kajaki when he was killed by an explosive device concealed in a compound he was searching.
"Every way you considered him, Corporal Lawrence was outstanding... It is absolutely typical that he died leading from the front, paying the ultimate price for the leadership and courage that came so naturally to him. In Corporal Lawrence's death, the Battalion has been robbed of a first rate commander and a good friend, taken all too early when he had so, so much else to live for. "
"I wouldn't say we lived out of each others pockets but we knew where we were if we needed each other. When we did see each other we would always have a laugh and a joke which would normally be at my expense. What I would give for that now; the memories will stay. You'll be missed mate."
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