On Thursday 6 August 2009 to the north of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Kyle Adams, Kevin Mulligan and Dale Hopkins died when their vehicle was hit by an explosion from an Improvised Explosive Device.
The three soldiers, all from The Parachute Regiment, were killed while undertaking a routine security patrol alongside Afghan National Security Forces when the Jackal vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an explosion, followed by a small arms fire attack.
Kyle Adams was a Private serving with 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (Special Forces Support Group)
Private Adams was aged 21. His family said:
"Before his deployment Private Adams said to his father. "Dad, I'm not a soldier. I'm a Para."
His Father paid the following tribute.
"He was a loving: Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Grandson, and Boyfriend. He was the life and soul of any party. He has left a big hole and he will be sorely missed."
The Commanding Officer said;
"Private Kyle Adams was an undemonstrative, yet utterly professional soldier. Always ready for the next challenge, he was a real team player, and indeed was a talented sportsman.
"The focus, selflessness and responsibility required of his profession came naturally to him. He died doing the work he loved, alongside the comrades who held him in such high regard.
"He gave his life for his fellow comrades and The Parachute Regiment. We who served with him are privileged and honoured to have known such a brave, committed and enthusiastic young soldier.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kyle's family at this incredibly difficult time. We hope that the fond memories of an inspiring young man can in some way help them, as they do us."