Another soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. He was from the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and died of his injuries following an explosion.
Some may think what a tragedy at this time of year, but the pain of loss for his family and friends will be just as unbearable no matter the season.
While Gordon Brown and the Brownies strutted their stuff in the luxurious surroundings of the Copenhagen climate summit, over 9000 men and women quietly continue their daily routines around 4000 miles from home.
Bob Ainsworth's announcement last week of 22 new Chinook helicopters for 2012-2013 has proved to be false. The Westminster government plans to buy only 10 new CH-47s for delivery in two or three years time with the intent to buy another 12 Chinooks later.
The total number of losses of British service personnel killed in action in Afghanistan since operations began there in 2001 is now 209. Including accidents and illnesses the number now stands at 240.