On behalf of the Company, Major Thorp also expressed his most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fusilier Meade, and paid the following tribute:
"Born in Plymouth, on the Island of Montserrat, Fusilier Meade joined the Fusiliers in 2002. During his three years with the Battalion in Britain, Northern Ireland and Iraq he made a great many friends within C Company and across the wider Battalion. Those who knew him best and closest were most aware of his fantastic sense of humour, his ability to laugh or crack a joke in any situation. He will be sorely missed by us all.
"He knew the importance of the work he was doing in Iraq, and approached it with dedication and professionalism. He was looking forward to moving with the Battalion to Cyprus at the end of the six month tour.
"All who knew him in the Company and across the Regiment remember his cheerfulness, his positive approach to life and above all his friendship.
"His family and friends are in the thoughts and prayers of the whole Company at this difficult time."
Fusilier Meade's family said:
"The family are tremendously proud of Donal and couldn't ask for a better son. Donal will be deeply missed, but we take comfort in that he died doing a job he loved. We would now request privacy so that we can come to accept what has happened."
The Commanding Officer of 2nd Regiment Royal Fusiliers, Lt Col John Whitwam MBE, who is based in Belfast, said:
"The whole of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers mourns the tragic loss of these two fine young men. Both were volunteers to serve in Iraq with C Company of 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Both enjoyed the excitement, the sense of purpose and the camaraderie. They understood the dangers but were proud to be soldiers and recognised that they were doing a difficult, occasionally thankless but always worthwhile job. We offer our sincere condolences to their families."