TRIBUTES were today paid to a County Durham soldier killed in Afghanistan
Captain Richard Holloway, of the Royal Engineers, was killed in action on Monday, December 23.
Captain Holloway, 29, died after being engaged by enemy fire while on operations east of Kabul.
He leaves behind parents Jaquie and Neil, brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy.
The soldier’s grieving family released a statement today, saying: “Our son Richard was an exceptional young man, a perfectionist in everything he did and a loyal brother and friend, who embraced life to the full.
“He was a dedicated and totally committed member of the Armed Forces, relishing the excitement and challenge but always serious and reflective about his duties and responsibilities to those with whom he served.
“The sense of adventure he experienced with the Royal Engineers was echoed in his love of travel to faraway places and physical activity including surfing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain-biking and climbing. Wherever the action was, he wanted to be part of it – and that is where our beloved son, of whom we are so very proud, lost his life.”
Captain Holloway’s commanding officer, who has not been named, said: “Captain Rich Holloway died as a result of direct enemy fire while on operations in Eastern Afghanistan, leading from the front.
“He was one of the best; a natural leader. His tactical ability commanded wide respect; his judgement was unerring, his enthusiasm was infectious and his standards never dropped.”
Colleague Captain Ed Martin, of the Royal Engineers, said: “There was never a second wasted with Rich, he always had a plan and made the most of every day.
“I’m very lucky to have known him and feel exceptionally fortunate to have had him as the best man at my wedding earlier this year, he will be dearly missed.
“But my loss is only minor compared to that of his parents Jaquie and Neil, his brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy. My thoughts are with them all at this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace.”