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Tributes paid to 'impressive' British soldier killed in Afghanistan

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake Photo: MOD

A soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday has been named as 20-year-old Guardsman Jamie Shadrake from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

A statement on the Ministry of Defence website said he died of gunshot wounds when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

His next of kin has been informed.

Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand, Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

His relatives have released a statement saying they are "devastated" by the news, but that they are proud that he died "doing the job that he loved".

Jamie was a tremendous son and brother. He was proud to be a soldier and died doing a job that he loved. We are all devastated by the loss of Jamie who was such a loving son and brother.

We are very proud of the fact that Jamie was prepared to do his duty in helping the people of Afghanistan.

– Family of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake
425 British forces personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001 Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Guardsman Shadrake grew up in Wrexham in Wales and was a keen rugby player, having played for his local team at Llanharan.

He joined the Army at the age of 17 and initially served in the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards in London conducting public duties at the Royal Palaces and state ceremonial tasks.

In April 2010, he moved to 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards in Aldershot, joining his elder brother in The Queen's Company.

After impressing officers during a training exercise in 2011, he was moved to the Battalion's elite Reconnaissance Platoon.

He deployed with the Platoon to Afghanistan on his first operational tour the same year.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder MBE, described him as an "extraordinary young man".

Guardsman Shadrake was an extraordinary young man. Bright, committed and imbued with boundless energy, his enthusiasm and lust for life were infectious.

He was a talented soldier with a huge amount to offer and would have gone a long way in the Army. Indeed, he was determined to do so, not least in order to impress his elder brother who is a Platoon Sergeant in the Battalion.

– Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder MBE

Guardsman Shadrake's Platoon Commander, Captain Mike Dobbin, said that he "spent his operational tour conducting many dangerous missions" and that he had "risen to every challenge with his usual bright spirit".

He leaves behind his parents Cathryn and Philip; brothers Carl, Kieran and Shane; and sister Kerry-Anne.

Guardsman Shadrake's death takes to 425 the number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001.