Friday, February 26, 2010

Rifleman Martin Kinggett killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Rifleman Martin Kinggett from A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES), part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 25 February 2010.

Rifleman Kinggett, a 19-year-old soldier from A Company 4 RIFLES, serving as part of 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed by a gun shot wound in Sangin, Helmand Province.

He was on a routine foot patrol, part of a larger operation to provide security for the local population in Sangin. During the patrol he and his comrades were required to provide covering fire for the evacuation of an injured colleague and Rifleman Kinggett was shot and killed.

Rifleman Kinggett, from Dagenham, joined the army in 2007 but left for a short while, before re-enlisting in 2009. He attended the demanding Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick before joining 4th Battalion, The Rifles in April 2009. Very soon, he was involved in Pre-Deployment Training for Afghanistan.

He deployed with A Company in October 2009 as dismounted Rifleman (foot patrol based) on his first operational tour to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 11, as part of 3 RIFLES Battle Group.

Rifleman Kinggett's family paid the following tribute:

"Martin was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and boyfriend. He will be missed by many many people who know him and loved him. He gave his life doing what he loved, he always wanted to be a soldier. He will always be our hero."


  1. My heart thoughts and prayers goes to his family,.. My thoughts and prayers are also with the ones he served with,.. These Guys and Gals are just the best of the best, and they make America proud !!! News like this is just so heart breaking. Rifleman Kinggett will never be forgotten.
    AKA Army Infantry Mom

  2. R.I.P Martin Kinggett Truely missed :( xXx

  3. I work in a supermarket in Dagenham and last summer we was selling 4 bottles of beer for a pound(limited to 3 packs per person).This young lad came up with his mum,he didnt look 17,so I asked him for I.D.He showed me his army I.D.He told me he was in 4th Batt,the Rifles and that they were off of the Afghan the following week.
    I said ,get some more beers lad,he said how many? and i replied as many as you can bloody carry.
    I dont remember his name,but I fancy its the same lad.God bless you Rifleman.And God bless your mother.

  4. a step son any step dad would be proud of love you lots r.i.p mart. kiss kiss

  5. R.I.P Martin you was always a bubbly and caring person and your memories will always be with us forever.Knowing that we will never meet in person is the hardest thing to bare with but one day we will meet in spirit and catch up on the good old days climbing walls in mischeif all the time you,me,kyle,ur sis jade and my sis lorrelle now you really are safe and ur the brightest star in the sky looking over and protecting those closest to you. my thoughts are with your family and friends its a sad time but keep your head up. He made us all proud and will never leave our thoughts. R.I.P Martin x x x Troy, Lorrelle, Hazel, Aimee, Tyrone, Lisa and Roger xx

  6. Im One Of His Sisters Friends And I Would Like To Say Rest In Piece He Is Dagenhams Hero xxx I Hope Georgia And Her Family Stay Strong, He Will Never Be Forgotten, I Can Promise Him That xxxxxx