ARMY chiefs were expected to name the Yorkshire soldier killed fighting in Afghanistan later today.
The soldier was killed and another injured in an explosion, said the Defence Ministry.
Both soldiers were from the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan when they were caught in an explosion on Sunday.
A ministry spokesman said: “Just before 9pm local time, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, as part of their operational mentoring and liaison team role, were taking part in a foot patrol with 40 Commando Royal Marines.
“They were near Kajaki in Helmand Province when they were caught in an explosion. Medical treatment was administered at the scene.’’
The spokesman added: “Both soldiers were evacuated to Camp Bastion by emergency response helicopter. Sadly one of the soldiers was pronounced dead on arrival.”
The second soldier’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Next of kin have been informed.
The latest death brings the toll of British military lives lost in the country since operations began in October, 2001, to 88.