A CHESHIRE soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan on Sunday has been named as Corporal Harvey Alex Holmes.
Ministry of Defence officials have confirmed the identity of Corporal Holmes who died in an explosion while on patrol near PB Waterloo military base in Sangin, Helmand Province.
He was providing protection for his patrol as they investigated a compound east of Wishtan, close to Check Point Chakaw, when he died.
The 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) serviceman, with 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, is the 282nd member of the British military to be killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.
Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith said: “He was providing protection to his fellow soldiers who were returning from a patrol when tragically he was killed in an explosion.
“He will be greatly missed and his actions will not be forgotten.”
Corporal Holmes was 22 and from Hyde, Greater Manchester. He attended Astley High School in Dukinfield and enlisted into the Army in 2004
He trained at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick and posted to The 1st Battalion The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment in 2005. He previously served on operations in Northern Ireland and Iraq.
Corporal Holmes deployed with A Company, The 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), part of the 40 Commando Battle Group, to Sangin in April 2010.
Corporal Holmes was engaged to fiancée Claire. He leaves his mother Beverley, stepfather David, sister Elizabeth, nephew Nickolas, brother-in-law Andrew and grandparents Jean and Frederick.
He shared his family’s passion for narrowboats and before joining the Army was a keen member of the Scout Association.
Corporal Holmes’s family said: “Harvey lived for his family and his friends but his passion was the Army. He has made his family extremely proud for the sacrifice he has made and will be missed every day.
“Harvey has died a true hero and will be with us forever in our hearts.”
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Hadfield, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), said: “Corporal Harvey Alex Holmes, known as ‘Holmesy’ to his many friends within the regiment, was a fine soldier, every inch the Mercian Infantryman.
“He showed true promise and had a great future, but this has been cruelly stolen from him, his family, his girlfriend and his many friends.