Family pay tribute to dead soldier

A BRITISH soldier killed in Afghanistan has been named today.

A BRITISH soldier killed in Afghanistan has been named today.

Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles, died in an explosion while on patrol near Gereshk in Helmand Province on Tuesday morning.

The 19-year-old, from Caversham in Reading, was deployed to Afghanistan in April as a machine gunner.

Rifleman Thatcher's parents, Robin and Helena, and brothers, Zac and Steely, said in a statement: “Cyrus was a much-loved son and brother whose loss we will never recover from.

“He loved his job and was proud to serve his country. We will always be immensely proud of him. He will forever be in our hearts and minds.”