British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan named by MoD

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Two British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on Saturday have been named by the Ministry of Defence; both were aged 21 and were killed by enemy fire.

Alexander William Green, from Warrington, was shot during a mission in the Hayy al-Muhandisin district of Basra city. Kingsman Green, who served with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was part of a patrol escorting a convoy out of the city which came under fire on its return. A statement from the MoD described Kingsman Green, who had one son, as a "professional soldier with real leadership and command potential".

It added: "He was an immensely proud and devoted father who liked nothing more than to spend time with his son, Bradley. In particular, he enjoyed taking him to the park in Warrington and playing Pink Floyd songs to him on a guitar." His family said in a statement: "Alex loved the Army and the services. It was all he had wanted to do. He had been a Marine Cadet and wanted to join the Marines but an injury prevented that, so he joined the Army. He was living his dream. He was proud of being in the Army and doing his duty."

Thomas Curry, from east London, a Royal Marine, was killed in Afghanistan as his 42 Commando unit tried to clear a Taliban position in Kajaki, Helmand province. Nicknamed Vinders, short for vindaloo, the Marine died instantly as a result of enemy small-arms fire, the MoD said. The unit was involved in a two-day offensive to clear Taliban positions so a hydroelectric dam could be rebuilt. Police said around 30 Taliban were killed in the operation.

An MoD statement said: "In typical fashion, Marine Curry was leading his comrades courageously from the front when he came under enemy fire, whilst in the process of clearing an enemy compound."