Afghanistan death soldier, 18, on village war memorial

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Rifleman Will Aldridge joined the Army in December 2008

The name of one of the youngest UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan has been added to the war memorial in his home village for Armistice Day.

Rifleman Will Aldridge, 18, from Bredenbury, Herefordshire, died when he was caught in an explosion in Helmand province last year.

His mother Lucy said it was important for him to be remembered by his community for his sacrifice.

Armistice Day has been marked with services around the UK.

Rifleman Aldridge died in the blast in July 2009 as he tried to rescue colleagues. He had joined the Army six months earlier.

'Always there'

Mrs Aldridge said she would visit the war memorial regularly.

"I actually drive past the memorial every day because my children attend the local school, so it's always there - it's always there for us to see."

Mrs Aldridge was one of seven mothers who founded the charity Afghan Heroes after their sons were killed in active service.

The charity helps soldiers as well as other people who had been bereaved.

She said it was important to remember all of those who had been killed in service.

"It's not just my son, it's everyone who has paid the sacrifice," she said.

"There are lots of other men's names, despite this being a tiny village, on that war memorial, particularly from the First World War."

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