Marine killed in Afghanistan named as David Fairbrother

Marine David Fairbrother
Image caption Marine Fairbrother was shot and killed in an ambush in Afghanistan's Helmand province

A Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan on Monday has been named as 24-year-old David Fairbrother from 42 Commando.

The Ministry of Defence said he and fellow marines were patrolling with members of the Afghan National Army when they were ambushed.

The shooting occurred in the Khorgajat area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) District of Helmand Province.

He was pronounced dead at Camp Bastion. His next of kin have been informed.

Marine Fairbrother's death takes the number of British military staff who have died as a result of operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 382.

It comes just five days after the previous death, which happened in the same area.

Monday's attack on the patrol was by small arms fire at close range, the MoD said.

Medics on the ground tried to help the marine, who was based in Plymouth, Devon.

He was flown by helicopter to camp but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Marine Fairbrother, from Blackburn, Lancashire, was described by his mother as a "devoted, beautiful and giving son".

Julie Fairbrother said: "You were always fun loving, caring and lived life to the full. Not only were you the perfect son but you were my best friend and you will be in my thoughts forever."

Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Murchison, the commanding officer of 42 Commando, called David Fairbrother "a first class Marine and a young man of rare quality".

He said he was one of the most intelligent marines in his unit and had "an exceptionally bright future" ahead of him.

One of the his comrades in Kilo Company, Marine Michael Bulman, said he would be missed by everybody and described him as "a big character, with a big smile and a top bloke".

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