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Posted on Friday 23rd March

News Update: The Ministry of Defence has now confirmed that the soldier from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (2 MERCIAN) who was killed in Afghanistan on 21 March 2012 was Captain Rupert William Michael Bowers.

Captain Bowers was killed when he was caught in the blast from an improvised explosive device on 21 March, as he was leading a patrol to clear a position of insurgent threat.

Captain Bowers was attached to 2nd Battalion The Rifles, and was operating as an advisor to the Afghan National Army. He commanded a small team responsible for the training and development of the Afghan National Army based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette, in the Mirmandab region of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province.

Captain Rupert William Michael Bowers was born in Wolverhampton in 1987 and was commissioned into 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in April 2007. After successfully passing the Platoon Commanders' Battle Course in Brecon he joined his regiment in Afghanistan in 2007 where his actions during a complex insurgent ambush resulted in him being ‘Mentioned in Dispatches'.

He leaves behind his wife, Victoria, and their newly-born son, Hugo, as well as his parents, Patrick and Jane, and sister, Juliet.

Lieutenant Paul Seligman, Advisor Commander, Brigade Advisory Group, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, described Captain Bowers as:

'a warrior, as brave as any; I can scarcely believe that anything could bring him to a halt, and the world is a lesser place without him.'



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