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Yorkshire soldier killed in Afghanistan is named


7:06am 11th November 2011

On this special day of remembrance

The family of a Yorkshire Territorial Army soldier, killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, says his death will leave "a huge hole" in their lives.

Private Matthew Adam Thornton, was 28 and from Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

He was serving with 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.

He died while on patrol in Helmand Province on Wednesday.

Statement from the MoD:
It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment on Wednesday the 9th of November 2011 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The soldier was serving with 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as a part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah. 
He was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Babaji.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col Gordon Mackenzie, said:
 "We are greatly saddened by the news of this soldier's death. We will keep him and his loved ones in our thoughts as we carry on with our important mission. His loss is not in vain."
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