A British soldier killed in a road accident in Iraq had been on duty in the Gulf for just over a week, the Ministry of Defence confirmed last night.
Trooper Carl Joseph Smith, 23, from the 9th/12th Lancers, was killed last Thursday night while on operations in Abu al-Khasib on the outskirts of Basra.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said Smith - who had a three-year-old son - joined the army at the age of 22 and had been 'in theatre only since January 23 - 11 days before he died'.
The death brings the number of British armed forces personnel who have died since the start of hostilities in Iraq to 101. In a statement released yesterday, Smith's family paid tribute to his bravery.