A SOLDIER from Worthing was killed in Aghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
Guardsman Michael Roland, of the First Battalion Grenadier Guards, died on Friday (April 27) as a result of being shot while serving in Afghanistan.
The 22-year-old had been deployed to Afghanistan on April 3 as a rifleman in the Number Three Platoon, part of The Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards, and was based near Gereshk in the Nahr-e-Saraj north district of the Helmand province.
On April 26, Guardsman Roland was deployed with his Company on a three-day operation in a contested area of the Nahr-e-Saraj district, attempting to disrupt rebellious activity in the area.
In the morning of April 27, he was fatally wounded during an exchange of a small-arms fire. He was extracted back to the hospital in Camp Bastion, but later died of his injuries.
Michael's family have told how they are "devastated" by the loss of their "loving and caring" son.
In a statement, they said:We are still coming to terms with losing him. Michael always wanted to join the Army and was so proud to be part of Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards. Michael loved us all so much; with us he was not big and tough just gentle. We will miss him so much."
Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder, Commanding Officer of the First Battalion Grenadier Guards, said: “Guardsman Roland’s death is a tremendous loss to a close Battalion. Sparky, diligent and super-fit, he was a terrific soldier with a bright future. That he achieved so much in his short life is testament to his drive and ambition. He was an absolute pleasure to command and will be missed hugely by the Battalion and the Regimental family as a whole."