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Posted on Tuesday 22nd November

With sadness, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the soldier killed on Sunday, 20 November in Afghanistan was Private Thomas Christopher Lake.

Private Lake was killed after being caught in an explosion in central Helmand. He was airlifted to the field hospital at Camp Bastion where he was declared killed in action.

Private Lake, 29, joined the Army in November 2009 and joined 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, known as the 'Tigers', in Germany shortly after he passed out of training in May 2010.

He leaves behind a loving family and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He was described by his Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Coote DSO:

'Private Tom Lake epitomised the very best qualities of the British infantryman; he was a true Tiger - ever professional and totally committed to his mates and his battalion, he had an irrepressible smile and an understated manner that together made him hugely respected by all those that had the privilege to serve with him.'

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