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Ministry of Defence names second soldier killed in ambush.

THE second British soldier killed in an ambush near Basra in southern Iraq on Tuesday was yesterday named by the Ministry of Defence.

David Lawrence, 25, from Walsall, was killed when soldiers came under fire after trying to help others whose vehicle was hit by a grenade.

He died alongside Cpl Marc Taylor, 27, from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, who was named by the Mo D on Wednesday.

Tributes were paid to Cpl Taylor, whose family said he was a ``hero'' who died doing a job he loved.

He had a wife, Olivia who is expecting their second child in April and a two-year-old daughter, Sophia, who live in military quarters in Winchester, Hampshire.

He was due to celebrate his 28th birthday this week.

The Daily Post understands Cpl Taylor's mother, Linda Roach and her partner have travelled from their home in Wirral to Winchester to comfort Olivia and Sophia.

Cpl Taylor joined the Army in 1993 and served in Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland.

Gunner Lawrence joined the Army in 2001 and served in the First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Bosnia in 2002.

A convoy of two armoured Land Rovers and a truck had been travelling south-west of Basra when the ambush happened.

An Mo D spokesman last night said the bodies of the two soldiers would be brought home ``in due course. ''

The deaths bring the tally of British soldiers killed in combat in Iraq to 24.

A further 44 service personnel in the country have died as a result of other incidents including friendly fire and road traffic accidents.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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