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Posted on Monday 21st November

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the deaths of two men from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards serving in Afghanistan, Lieutenant David Boyce and Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon. Sadly, both were killed on Thursday 17 November.

Both men were serving with the Formation Reconnaissance Squadron and were on a security patrol in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e-Saraj. They were both sadly killed when the armoured vehicle they were traveling in struck an Improvised Explosive Device.

Lieutenant David Alexander Grant Boyce, born 18 September 1986, joined the Army in September 2009 and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards in August 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan on 21 October 2011 in command of 1st Troop, B Squadron, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

Lieutenant Boyce's family paid tribute to him, saying: 'He brought sunshine into the lives of all those he knew. David will be dearly missed by his loving family and girlfriend Jodie.'

Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, born 14 November 1980, joined the Army in November 1998. After serving in Bosnia and Iraq he left the Army in 2006 but later rejoined in September 2009. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 2010.

He served with B Squadron, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards and deployed to Afghanistan on 18 October 2011 as part of Task Force Helmand's Formation Reconnaissance Squadron. He was described as 'a genuine regimental character who will be hugely missed by all who knew him'.

Thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of these two men.

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