February 10th, 2011
North Down MP, Lady Hermon, has paid warm tribute to her young constituent, Ranger David Dalzell of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, who was tragically killed on 4th February 2011 as a result of an operational accident while working in Check Point RANGER in Nad-e Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Speaking from her Bangor Constituency Office, Lady Hermon said: “I was profoundly upset when I heard the awful news that David (affectionately nicknamed ‘Diesel’) had been killed in a tragic accident in Afghanistan. Even though he had only been in the Army for a relatively short time, ‘Diesel’ Dalzell had quickly been identified as a first-class soldier.
The fact was, and remains, he absolutely loved his job in the Army; he had true grit, where neither age nor fear were barrriers to his courage. As his Commanding Officer said of David, “his bravery never wavered under fire.”
To his parents, Gordon and Susie, his sisters Kelly, Catherine and Rachael and his brothers Gareth, Mark and Stewart, I send my deepest sympathy at this time of terrible grief, loss and heartache. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him best, and his devoted family, friends and Army colleagues have every right to be enormously proud of this outstanding young soldier.”
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