The victim of the Woolwich slaughter has been identified by the UK Ministry of Defense as a 25-year old drummer and a member of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Lee Rigby.
Rigby was described as an “extremely popular and witty soldier” with a “larger than life personality who was also a “loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years.”
He joined the Army in 2006 and upon completion of his infantry training course, was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and posted to 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – an infantry regiment of the British Army.
Rigby was first deployed on Operations to Helmand province, Afghanistan in April 2009, where he served as a member of the Fire Support Group in Patrol Base Woqab.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, Commanding Officer Second Fusiliers, described Rigby as “an experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus.”
Rigby took up a recruiting post in London in 2011, where he also assisted with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.
Taylor said his “ability, talent and personality made him a natural choice to work in the recruiting group.” (RT)