Thursday, 13 May 2010

In Memoriam: Joseva Lewaicei and Adam Morris

Private Joseva Lewaicei and Private Adam Morris, both of C Company The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were killed in action on 13th May 2006 in Basra, Iraq.

The two soldiers were killed when they were hit by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Basra city.

In paying tribute to Private Lewaicei his CO said: "Private Lewaicei was a valued and well-regarded member of C Company and was known as a fun loving and exuberant character. He was a keen sportsman and had represented the Battalion in both Rugby and Boxing. He was an exceptional rugby full back regularly impressing those who saw him play, and was once offered a professional contract. Immensely strong, his colleagues will remember with some glee the day he was finally beaten in an arm wrestle by their platoon sergeant, although he always maintained he let him win."

And in his tribute to Private Morris, Lieutenant Colonel Des O’Driscoll said: "Adam joined the battalion in Northern Ireland and rapidly made his mark as an energetic and thoroughly professional young soldier. He undoubtedly had a bright future ahead of him. Although Private Morris had only been with 'The Poachers' for just under two years, he was one of our most promising young soldiers and had a fine career ahead of him. Always one of the keenest and most attentive soldiers in the Company he stood out from many of his peers. At times teased for his military knowledge, he had an inquiring mind and a desire to learn. He was well-liked and respected by all the company for his resolve. He had suffered a leg injury late in 2005 but fought his way back to fitness, determined that he must deploy on operations in Iraq alongside his many friends. Always 'Army barmy' he even found a camouflage cover for the cast on his leg. Adam’s loss has touched and saddened all of us who had the honour to know him."

Never forgotten.

MoD: Private Joseva Lewaicei and Private Adam Morris killed in Iraq