Alex Guy Gardens, RM8

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Corporal Alex Guy (September 13, 1974 – June 15, 2012) was killed in action while serving with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was leading a team on patrol with members of the Afghan National Army when they were caught in an insurgent ambush. As Guy was leading his section forward to rescue some Afghan soldiers who were pinned down by enemy fire he was fatally wounded. He had been in the army for 19 years and served on eight operational tours, including Bosnia, Iraq, three of Northern Ireland and three of Afghanistan. His mother Aileen said Guy was born into a military family who were stationed at RAF Coltishall. She said: “The comradeship and discipline and ‘sense of family’ meant everything to him. He was a wonderful and loving son, husband, brother, friend and comrade.” His wife Emma, who he married in 2006, described him as “A happy, full-of-life and kind-hearted man, with a passion for his work and family.” The road with 25 bungalows plus a wheelchair-adapted house were built on the former site of Wood Lane Leisure Centre by local contractor Lakehouse. Another new development was named after Luke Allsopp, the Dagenham bomb disposal expert with 33 Engineer Regiment who died in Iraq in 2003.

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