We have tragic news that we have been informed of today, that a proud Geordie and Newcastle United fan, Kenneth Rowe, was recently murdered with his sniffer dog, while serving in Afghanistan.
Kenneth Rowe – with Sasha – on duty recently in Afghanistan
Lance Corporal Ken Rowe, a British Army dog handler, a proud Geordie and Newcastle United fan, was tragically killed in southern Afghanistan last Thursday.
Kenneth was due to fly home the day before he died, but the Newcastle born soldier had insisted on staying, because there was no replacement in place, his commanding officer said.
Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe, 24, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, and his explosives search dog, Sasha, were doing their job protecting soldiers from roadside bombs in the Sangin area of Helmand province last week, when both were killed in a Taliban ambush.
Lance Corporal Kenneth Rowe
Major Stuart McDonald, Ken’s company commander, said:
â€œHe was scheduled to leave on July 23 but was concerned about the lack of ammunition and explosives search cover.â€
Rowe, who was said by his friends to be a proud Geordie from Newcastle, lobbied his unit to allow him and Sasha to stay on the front lines.
Major McDonald continued:
â€œThis unselfish action epitomised his professionalism and dedication to his job.â€
Roweâ€™s parents, Lyn and Kenneth, and his two sisters have been too distressed to make any formal comment.
Rowe was the 112th member of the British armed forces to be killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
This is a tragic death and we are so very sorry to hear the terrible news, for any soldier that dies in the service of their country.
And we are also proud as fellow Geordies, that there are youngsters like Kenneth, who are so brave and willing to give their lives in the protection of others.
To us he is an everlasting hero.
Our deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes go out to his family and friends.