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Posted on Thursday 29th March

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the two servicemen killed in Afghanistan on Monday, 26 March, were Sergeant Luke Taylor of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, of the Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support).

The two men were serving as part of Task Force Helmand when they were shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand Province.

Sergeant Luke Taylor, aged 33, joined the Royal Marines in 1997. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Nicola and their young on, Roan.

His Commanding Officer said:

'Sergeant Taylor epitomised everything positive about the military - he worked hard and played hard and his efforts here in Helmand will not be forgotten. Those friends and colleagues who remain behind on tour have grown even stronger since his loss and they will remember him in line with the highest traditions of the military - they will deliver the results on operations that he would have wanted and they celebrate his life and mourn his loss when they return.'

Lance Corporal Michael Foley was born in 1986 in Burnley. He enlisted into the Army on 12 September 2003, joining the Royal Logistic Corps six months later. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sophie, and three young children, Calum, Warren and Jake, as well as parents, Craig and Debbie, sister Lisa, and brother Jordan.

Major B J Cattermole, Scots Dragoon Guards, described Lance Corporal Foley as:

'An ambassador for his Corps and the Army, he served the Brigade and Task Force tirelessly, never failing to deliver the highest of standards as a soldier and junior commander. His cheeky wit, constant smiles amid adversity and indomitable spirit leave a hole in the whole Headquarters here in Helmand, and in our Rear Operations Group in Germany.'

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