19th May 2011

Plymouth Royal Marine killed when bomb explodes in Afghanistan my local paper reported this week.

A Taliban bomb killed Plymouth based Royal Marine Nigel Mead who was just 19 years of age, as he searched a compound in the loy Mandeh Wadi area of the Nad-e Ali north district in Helmand province Afghanistan. His untimely death makes him the 365th British servicemen and woman killed since 2001.

He is the 1st Plymouth-based serviceman from Stonehouse-based 3 COMMANDO brigade to die since they took control of security in Southern Afghanistan last month.

Speaking to The Herald from Afghanistan last night, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of a Royal Marine from 42 Commando Royal Marines.”

This is every parent’s nightmare and I read with mixed emotions the thoughts and love shared by his family knowing at any given time my own sons name could be splashed over the papers with the same fate. I send my heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Rest in Peace Royal, your tour of duty is over.

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