Thursday, 19 November 2009

Tributes have been paid to the latest British soldier killed in Afghanistan. Sergeant Robert David Loughran-Dickson, of 4th Regiment, Royal Military Police, was killed in the Babaji area of Helmand Province on Wednesday morning.

His family said: "He gave the ultimate sacrifice doing what he loved and was devoted to."

The father of one was a keen jogger, who took part in marathon races, as well as hill walking and swimming.

Since joining the Royal Military Police in 2001, the 33-year-old - originally from Deal, Kent - had served in Kosovo, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

His relatives added: "Robert is a true hero in many ways, of whom the whole family are extremely proud.

"A beloved father, son, brother and uncle. You lit up our lives and that light will stay bright forever. You will be greatly missed but always loved by all."

Lieutenant Colonel Debbie Poneskis, commanding officer of his regiment, led tributes from comrades.

She said: "Sergeant Loughran-Dickson was an exceptional soldier and was completely committed to the Royal Military Police.

"He will be sorely missed by the regiment and by the military community in Aldershot.

"Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, Sgt Loughran-Dickson was the local intelligence officer and a community policeman.

"He excelled in this role, where his calm personable nature, dedication and commitment plus his consistent enthusiasm for the job, made him stand out."

Captain Karen Tait, the operations officer with 160 Provost Company, said: "I was proud and honoured to serve with him but above all being able to call him my friend.

"His smile I will miss the most.

Our thoughts and Prayers go out for SgtLoughran-Dickson's family and friends.


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