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Posted on Monday 12th December

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Sapper Elijah Bond from 35 Engineer Regiment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on Thursday 8 December 2011 as a result of wounds sustained in Afghanistan.

He was serving with the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group, a member of a team that was conducting an engineer reconnaissance task in the Deh Adham Khan region of Nahr-e Saraj (North) in Central Helmand, on 6 December 2011, when he was injured in a blast from an improvised explosive device.

His colleagues provided first aid before he was evacuated by helicopter to the military hospital in Camp Bastion. He was then flown under the care of a Critical Care Air Support Team to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he sadly died of his wounds on 8 December.

Sapper Elijah Cooper Bond, 24, was born on 10 June 1987 in Havant, Hampshire, and grew up in Cornwall. He joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in August 2008.

He arrived in Germany in September 2010 after two years of extensive training to join 37 Armoured Engineer Squadron and was launched straight into Afghanistan pre-deployment training. Sapper Bond deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, with his Squadron which became known as Engineer Field Squadron 1, part of the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group.

He leaves behind his father Mark, mother Lizz, brothers Isaac and Jose and sisters Kimberley and Bethany.

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