Saturday, 25 July 2009

In Memoriam: Alex Hawkins

Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, aged 22, of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday 25th July 2007. L/Cpl Hawkins was returning to base near Sangin with his patrol when his Vector was hit by a mine. he sadly later died from the wounds he received.

His CO said: "Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins was one of the most promising soldiers of his generation. A natural leader and trained sniper he was a superb example to others and highly respected throughout the Vikings. He leaves behind some fond memories and a lasting legacy that we will all strive to live up to. Never to be forgotten, he will go down in Regimental history as a true professional and close friend who we feel privileged to have served and fought with."

His friend Lance Corporal Craig Rouse, said: "Any soldier in the British Army would have been honoured to have him fight by his side. He will be sorely missed. Recruits passing out of training should model themselves on him. He was a model soldier."

MoD: L/Cpl Alex Hawkins 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment killed in Afghanistan
Lasting Tribute: Alex Hawkins
The Telegraph: A season muted by loss for soldiers, families