Tributes were paid yesterday to two soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq over the weekend.
Private Joseva Lewaicei, aged 25, and Private Adam Morris, aged 19, both of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, died in the blast near Basra on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence said.
The two riflemen were on a routine patrol in an armoured Land Rover just outside the southern Iraq city when the bomb went off. A third soldier was injured.
The latest deaths came just a week after five military personnel were killed when their Lynx helicopter crashed in Basra.
Four soldiers were also wounded in a separate mortar attack on a British military base in Amara yesterday, according to the MoD.
The commanding officer of both riflemen, Lieutenant Colonel Des O'Driscoll, paid tribute to their bravery and professionalism.
Private Morris was single and lived with his mother in Leicester. He previously served in Northern Ireland, and had been with The Royal Anglian Regiment for two years.
Lt Col O'Driscoll said he was "one of our most promising soldiers" with a "fine career ahead of him".
"Adam's loss has touched and saddened all of us who had the honour to know him. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time. He will be sorely missed by his friends and by the wider regiment."
Private Lewaicei was a father of one who had served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. He was born and grew up in Fiji, but joined the British Army and soon became a "universally popular" member of the regiment.
Lt Col O'Driscoll said he had been a "fun-loving and exuberant character" who was regarded as the "soul of the platoon".
"Immensely strong, his colleagues will remember with some glee the day he was finally beaten in an arm wrestle by their platoon sergeant, although he always maintained he let him win.
"Our sympathy goes out to his family at this terrible time. We are deeply saddened at his tragic loss - he will be sorely missed by his friends and the wider regimental family."
Private Lewaicei had once been offered a contract to play rugby professionally, and also represented his battalion at boxing, according to the MoD.
He was born in Lautoka, Fiji, and his seven-year-old daughter still lives in the country, a spokesman said.
Private Morris joined the army at 17 after going to college in the Leicester area.
He carried out ceremonial duties at the funeral for HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, in November 2004, and was apparently "particularly pleased" when members of the Royal Family complemented him on his turnout and appearance.
Lt Col O'Driscoll said: "He was well-liked and respected by all the company for his resolve. He had suffered a leg injury late in 2005 but fought his way back to fitness, determined that he must deploy on operations in Iraq alongside his many friends."
Defence Secretary Des Browne said the loss of seven British military personnel in the past week, bringing the toll to 111, was "very sad", but it would not stop progress in helping Iraqis to safely govern their own country without foreign assistance.
He said: "We shall continue to serve the Iraqi people in the way in which we have for as long as they, through their government, want us to be there."