Adam Smith was one of four British military personnel who were killed together with a civilian interpreter in the early hours of the morning of Thursday, 5 April 2007 west of Basra City, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded beneath the Warrior Armoured vehicle they were travelling in. The others were Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer, Corporal Kris OíNeill, Private Eleanor Dlugosz.
Adamís family said of him:
"This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, it just doesnít seem real and no amount of words can describe how much we are hurting. We keep thinking, hoping itís not real and at any moment we will wake up form this nightmare.
"Adam was the most wonderful and beautiful person anyone could wish to meet, he always had a smile on his face and loved life so much, he had everything to live for. He was the most popular person you could ever know, everyone loved him and he has left so many broken hearts behind him. He was a loving son, brother and the best boyfriend in the whole world and he will be missed more than words can say. He will forever be in our hearts. Adam our Hero our Star."
Kingsman Adam Smith, of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancasterís Regiment, was 19 years old and came from the Isle of Man. Raised in Liverpool and a proud Everton fan, he joined the Army in April 2004, and on completion of his combat infantryman training he joined the 1st Battalion The Kingís Regiment, his local Regiment. In 2006 he was selected to join the Reconnaissance Platoon of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancasterís Regiment following which he deployed to Basra, Iraq, in November 2006.
Kingsman Adam Smith was a popular and highly respected colleague. Cheerful with a happy-go-lucky attitude he had recently graduated from Rifleman to the Gunner's seat where his recent training was put to good effect. He was known for his dependable and courageous attitude, soldiering with his fellow Reconnaissance Platoon Kingsmen on foot, in helicopters and in Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles. His coolness under pressure had already marked him out as a Kingsman of considerable potential.
Colour Sergeant Skelton, of the Reconnaissance Platoon, said of him:
"Kingsman Adam Smith was such a big character, always had a smile on his face and a sparkle in his big blue eyes. For such a young man he was a very talented soldier with a bright future in the Armed Forces. This is a tragic loss both to all his friends in the Recce Platoon and 2 LANCS. We send our deepest condolences to his family and all his friends in Liverpool."
Kingsman Bird, of the Reconnaissance Platoon, added:
"Adam was a good mate to me, it was like we were attached at the hip. His loss was tragic to me and the rest of our mates from the Regiment. He died doing the job he loved and was good at. I will never forget him. "Always thinking of you Smudge lad, Birdy."
Captain Mike Peel, of the Reconnaissance Platoon, also paid tribute to Kgn Smith:
"Kingsman Smith was a soldier with an irrepressible sense of humour. He was thoroughly popular throughout the Battalion and especially in the Reconnaissance Platoon, where his cheerful nature marked him out as a constant source of morale and strength in times of difficulty. He will be sorely missed by all who had the honour to serve alongside him."
Kingsman Smith's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Kenyon MBE, said:
"Kingsman Adam Smith showed all the qualities of a reconnaissance soldier, dependable, determined and a real team player he was a popular and respected member of his platoon and this Battlegroup. Our thoughts are very much with his family, particularly his Mother, at this time."