The men of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment said this week’s deaths would stick in their minds but they had a job they had to “crack on” with.
Private Craig Taylor, 21, from Doncaster, said: “Obviously it’s going to be in the back of our minds... but we need to do the job and that’s what they would have wanted us to do.
“All the lads are devastated; it hits them hard straight away, but if we stop now they’re gone for nothing.”
Pte Elliot Brown, 26, from Saltaire, near Bradford, said: “Obviously it’s a massive blow ... but we’ve just got to soldier on, crack on, that’s what it is all about. Obviously I’m apprehensive, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing my bit.”