Statement from LBH over weekend deaths of four soldiers

Hounslow flag flies at half mast for Fusiliers

The London Borough of Hounslow is flying its flag at half mast as a sign of respect and in tribute to the four soldiers from the Second Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who died at the weekend.

Three of the soldiers were killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday morning. The fourth died while on foot patrol in Sangin on Saturday.

The Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Paul Lynch said today:

“We are flying the Civic Centre flag at half mast as a tribute to four brave young men, and we pray for the safety of their comrades.

This is a tragic reminder to us all of the several thousand men and women putting their lives on the line every day in Afghanistan to help keep our country safe.

“I speak on behalf of all the borough’s communities when I say we are mourning the loss of these brave soldiers. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this very sad time, and we share in their grief”

Notes to editors

In March this year, 300 soldiers from the Second Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Hounslow Barracks, paraded through Hounslow prior to their deployment in Afghanistan in April. Borough residents turned out in force to display their support and pride for the men and women putting their lives on the line to help keep the country safe.

The deaths of these soldiers, who have not yet been named, takes the UK death toll in Afghanistan since operations began eight years ago to 204, including five in the past weekend alone.

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