The British bases on Monday named the soldier who was killed in a hit-and-run near Dhekelia on Saturday night as Corporal John Fernandez, 32, from the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment,
The incident happened around 8.30pm on the Famagusta-Larnaca road, 100 metres from a petrol station in Dhekelia.
The unidentified driver was heading towards Larnaca. The car hit and fatally injured the British solider who was walking with a comrade in the same direction as the car was travelling.
The driver did not stop. Bases authorities have asked Cyprus police to help track down the car but as of Monday no one had been arrested.
Lieutenant Colonel James Skelton, Commanding Officer, 2PWRR, paid tribute to Fernandez on Monday.
He said: “Cpl Fernandez was the finest of men and a true Tiger. He stood out from his peers as an exemplary Infantry soldier, a leader and a servant to his soldiers.
He said Fernandez’ recent actions in response to a criminal explosive attack at a British bases police station in Dhekelia led to his nomination for a Commander British Forces Commendation, “an accolade which Cpl Fernandez took with huge humility”.
“His example of fitness, courage and personal discipline stand as a marker as to what we, as infantrymen can all aspire to be.”
Skelton also described Fernandez as a great friend “to so many in the battalion who sought the friendship of a kind, funny and genuinely good man”.
“His loss is keenly felt by each and every one of us… but at the same time we must celebrate his memory and follow his example in life.”