Guardsman Pountney, aged 20, from Aldermans Green, Coventry, fulfilled the duty as a member of Queen's Company, part of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
It is a far cry from the ceremonial duties for which the Grenadier Guards
are renowned, wearing their large bearskin caps and red tunics.
An MoD spokesman said: "It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards
has been killed in Afghanistan.
Sgt Wilkinson, nicknamed "Pidge", had volunteered to patrol with the Grenadier Guards
team and work with the Afghan National Army to allow them to continue their mission in the Gereshk area of Helmand Province.
An MoD spokeswoman said the dead soldier had been a member of Number 3 Company of the Grenadier Guards
which is responsible for protecting Patrol Base Delhi and local security in the immediate area.
Guardsman Probyn, a former Tividale High School pupil, was serving with the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
, Glorious Gloucester and other so called famous regiments dare not be risked.
An angry swarm colonised chairs at a ceremonial review of the Army's elite Queen's Company, Grenadier Guards
The band of the Irish Guards will march past playing Happy Birthday, followed by the Grenadier Guards
Darren, 40, who was a popular member of the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards
, had two other children, Connor, 16, and Adam, 10.
Guardsman Daniel Probyn, aged 22, from Tipton, died in an explosion in the early hours of Saturday while serving with the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards
The Grenadier Guards
- who stand outside Buckingham Palace - are staging a four-day recruitment drive in the city which provides a substantial number of its rookies.