County Durham soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

The Northern Echo: Captain Richard Holloway Captain Richard Holloway

A soldier killed in action in Afghanistan two days before Christmas Day has today been named as Captain Richard Holloway from County Durham.

The 29-year-old who served with the Royal Engineers was "an exceptional young man" who "embraced life to the full", his family has said.

He was killed as a result of enemy fire while on operations east of Kabul on December 23. He leaves behind parents Jaquie and Neil, brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy.

Cpt Holloway is the ninth British soldier to die so far this year and the 447th since the war began in 2001 .

In a statement, his family said: " "Our son Richard was an exceptional young man, a perfectionist in everything he did and a loyal brother and friend, who embraced life to the full."

Captain Ed Martin, Royal Engineers, said: "I have never met a more trustworthy, loyal or dedicated friend, he had humility in spades and I would have followed him anywhere.

“I am very lucky to have known him and feel exceptionally fortunate to have had him as the best man at my wedding earlier this year, he will be dearly missed.

"But my loss is only minor compared to that of his parents Jaquie and Neil, his brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy, my thoughts are with them all at this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace.”

 

 

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7:58pm Sat 28 Dec 13

punkrocker says...

very sad rip
very sad rip punkrocker

10:24pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Stedarlo says...

RIP mate. True hero x
RIP mate. True hero x Stedarlo

12:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

kristal27 says...

Our children went to primary school together with this lad -devastated for his family. RIP Richard.
Our children went to primary school together with this lad -devastated for his family. RIP Richard. kristal27

2:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Adam Walker says...

What a bloody shame. What on earth are our soldiers doing out there? Get them home now. These illegal foreign wars are not worth one drop of British blood. Our traitors in Westminster have a lot to answer for. RIP.
What a bloody shame. What on earth are our soldiers doing out there? Get them home now. These illegal foreign wars are not worth one drop of British blood. Our traitors in Westminster have a lot to answer for. RIP. Adam Walker

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