Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sapper Daryn Roy killed in Afghanistan

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Sapper Daryn Roy of 21 Engineer Regiment in Afghanistan on 3 May 2010.

Sapper Roy's vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device, while he was travelling near Patrol Base Pimon, he was evacuated by helicopter but died of his injuries at the Hospital in Camp Bastion.

Sapper Daryn Roy

Sapper Daryn Roy, aged 28, originally from Consett, County Durham, enlisted into the Royal Engineers on 4 October 2005 as a Combat Signaller. After completing Combat Engineer and Combat Signaller courses he joined 21 Engineer Regiment, who were based in Osnabrück, on 28 September 2006.

Having arrived at 21 Engineer Regiment, Sapper Roy deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC 11 from November 2007 to May 2008 where he worked as a combat engineer in a section focussed mainly on constructing force protection.

During this tour he also successfully completed additional combat engineer and combat signaller training to upgrade to a higher qualification. After TELIC 11, and with the Regiment now based in Ripon, he passed the Potential Non Commissioned Officer Cadre in October 2009.

He was due to be posted as a lance corporal to 101 Engineer Regiment EOD in June.

Sapper Roy deployed on Operation HERRICK 12 in March 2010 and was employed on a range of construction and combat engineer tasks both as a section sapper and as a signaller. On 3 May 2010 he was driving in convoy from Camp Bastion to Patrol Base Pimon in the area of Nad-e Ali.

From here the convoy was to meet up with and provide protection for a group of civilian vehicles carrying engineering stores needed for a task at Patrol Base Nahidullah.

Before reaching Patrol Base Pimon, Sapper Roy's vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device, he was evacuated by helicopter but died of his injuries at the Hospital in Camp Bastion.

Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton-Knight, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment said:

"Sapper Roy was the most professional of soldiers. He was trained as both a combat engineer and combat signaller and could hold his own with the best at either.

"He joined the army later than most and brought with him a sense of maturity and common sense that few could match.

"He had quickly proved himself in the Regiment, his pursuit of the high standards made him stand out and he was about to move on as a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer.

"He was always keen to get out on the ground where his expertise was needed most.

"He never complained, never moaned; he worked hard, looked after his mates and made a difference.

"He was the type of soldier you wanted around and the type you wanted to be around.

"Sapper Roy summed up all that is good about being a Royal Engineer.

"He was intelligent, hard working and resilient. He would turn his hand to any task and demand the best from himself.

"He was immensely proud to be a Sapper and would do anything to defend his troop.

"He was like an older brother to the other Sappers; supportive, protective, yet firm when necessary.

"He was quick witted, high spirited and always raised morale. He died serving his country and working with his friends.

"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. As individuals and as a Regiment our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."


  1. May you now R.I.P: Another fine hero lost, but you will not be forgotten. Prayers and thoughts are now with your family, friends and colleagues that they find strenght to carry on.

  2. My thoughts are with all of Daryn's Family and Friends and his beloved Girlfriend Cheryl.

    Not how did he die, but how did he live?
    Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
    These are the units to measure the worth
    Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.
    Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
    But had he befriended those really in need?
    Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
    To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
    Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
    But how many were sorry when he passed away.



  4. R.I.P daryn @>-- xxxx s

  5. my thoughts are with you all at this very sad time x r.i.p daryn

  6. rebecca blackwoodMay 12, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    R.I.P daryn sweet heart, dont worry were taking good care of cheral. missing u loads all ready. sleep tight hero xxxxxxx

  7. so sorry to hear about your loss, another young hero to pray for

  8. Tom Bland, Newcastle upon TyneMay 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    to die for your country is an honour and to be with your colleagues and friends in battle is a unique experience, I applaud you and will think of you in my prayers. RIP, hero.