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Posted on Friday 18th November

The Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday that a soldier from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, 16 November.

Lance Corporal Peter Eustace was killed by an improvised explosive device whilst conducting a joint patrol with his Company and the Afghan National Army.

Born in 1986 in Liverpool, Lance Corporal Eustace joined the Army in 2004. After completing his basic training at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, LCpl Eustace joined 1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets, which subsequently became 2nd Battalion The Rifles.

Within a year-and-a-half he was deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC 9. He was selected to undertake a Junior Non Commissioned Officer cadre and passed in 2009, deploying to Afghanistan for the first time in April 2009 as a Lance Corporal.

He deployed to Afghanistan in the critical role of Mortar Fire Controller in October 2011. He leaves behind his mother, Carol, his sister, Kirsty, his brother, Ryan, and his girlfriend, Aimi. Thoughts and prayers go to all who knew him at this very difficult time.

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