Ranger David Dalzell killed in Afghanistan.
It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Ranger David Dalzell, from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed on 4 February 2011 as a result of an operational accident while working at Checkpoint Ranger in Nad ‘Ali, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Ranger Dalzell was 20 years-old and came from Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland. On completion of his recruit training he joined 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment at Tern Hill, Shropshire, in July 2010.
Ranger Dalzell was posted to A Company, where he served with distinction for 6 months. David was on his first deployment, and was quickly identified as a quality soldier. He was always the first to volunteer. Despite a very short time in the Army he quickly established himself amongst his fellow Rangers as a resilient and trustworthy soldier. Dal, as he was known, has made a lasting impression.
Always ready with a smile, Ranger Dalzell was always armed with a quick wit and had the ability to turn a rough day into a good story and lighten the mood. He leaves behind his father Gordon, his mother Susan, his sisters Kelly, Catherine and Rachael and his brothers Gareth, Mark and Stewart. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Ranger Dalzell’s parents, Gordon and Susan, said:
“David was a loving and caring son and he was very proud to be a soldier. We are very proud of David as a son and he leaves behind a void that will never be filled. He will be missed by his brothers Gareth, Mark and Stewart and sisters Kelly, Catherine and Rachael.”
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Weir MBE, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, said:
“Ranger David Dalzell was an extraordinary young man, and despite his relatively short time in the Army he was already much loved by his fellow soldiers.
“He took to the field of battle like a natural; he was perfectly at home in the most difficult and dangerous of circumstances and his bravery never wavered under fire. He cheerfully carried the heaviest kit, over the most difficult terrain, in the most dangerous place in Helmand and when the time would come to fight he was fierce. Day after day he continually faced down the enemy and fought shoulder to shoulder with his brother Rangers; he was fearless.
“David was a bright, cheerful and popular young man with a core of steel. His presence in the most fought-over part of Helmand contributed significantly to the safety of the population and to the success of our mission. This Battlegroup is deeply upset by his death, but we are also intensely proud of him and his many achievements.
“His time with us was too short, but in that time he experienced more, and contributed more than most men do in a lifetime.
“In our quieter moments we will think of him and pray for him and his heartbroken family and friends.
Read the full Eulogy here