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Private Jonathan Kitulagoda, who died on 28 January, 2004, aged 23, was killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack while on peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan.
Pte Kitulagoda had served for only a short while, after graduating from Plymouth University with a degree in marine navigation.
Described as "cheerful," he was committed to finding peace for Afghani civilians and had a "full and professional" role as a Territorial Army infantryman.
He was a member of the Rifle Volunteers, a Territorial Army battalion, and had won many trophies for his cadet duties before he joined the Army.
Pte Kitulagoda, son of Ranjith and Susan, was born in Bedford and grew upin Clifton, Bedfordshire. He joined the cadet force at a young age, which was when he won his trophies, one of which was for "Best Cadet" in 1997.
After completing his three-year degree, during which he was already a member of the Territorial Army, he joined the Rifle Volunteers, based at Wyvern Barracks, Exeter, in 2003.
He was serving at a military base in Kabul with the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), when what was described by the Ministry of Defence as an "apparent suicide bomb attack" claimed his life and injured four other soldiers.
Paying tribute to Pte Kitulagoda, Colonel Ian Blewett, the commanding officer of The Rifle Volunteers, said: "It was with immense sadness that we learnt of the death of one of our soldiers, and injuries suffered by his colleagues, while on peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan.
"Jonathan Kitulagoda was a young man of 23 who played a full and professional role as a TA infantryman, and was a popular and committed member of E (Devon and Dorset) Company. Together with his fellow soldiers, he volunteered for duty in Afghanistan, helping the efforts to bring peace and help ordinary Afghanis forge a better society."
His university course tutor, Captain John Hooper, also paid tribute, saying: "The news of Jonathan's death whilst on active service has deeply saddened all who knew him at the university.
"Having recently graduated with a well-deserved degree, he was about to reap the rewards of three years of hard work.
"Always a cheerful character and well liked by his fellow students, he will be sadly missed."
Jonathan Kitulagoda, 23, a private in the Territorial Army died on January 28 2004 in an attack less than a mile from Camp Souter, the British base in Kabul.
Mrs Kitulagoda said: "We knew that one day he might join the services so, after he had spent some time travelling, so we didn't try and stop him from going. He was capable of making his own decisions."


Added by: Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph on 20th October 2010.





A West writes [28th January 2021]:

I was with Kit on that tour and still remember the amazing character he was. Loved by everyone and still sorely missed, he will never be forgotten by those that had the pleasure to have known him. Remembering his infectious smile still brightens my day.



Gerald Vandergert writes [18th June 2017]:

Sad to hear the demise of Jonathan. I never met the lad but knowing the father and the family when we were neighbours more than 55 years ago he must have been a wonderful kid.
May be rest in peace.




Michelle Johnson writes [9th November 2013]:

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't think of you rip Jon xx



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