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Football match for Victoria Cross soldier

A special football tournament's has been taking place in Northamptonshire to honour the memory of a soldier who won a Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Lance Corporal James Ashworth was just 23 when he died trying to rescue comrades in Afghanistan. Now the Corby soldier has been honoured once more by his home.

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VC soldier died while trying to protect his men

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal James Ashworth has taken place today. It heard how he was killed by his own grenade while trying to protect his men from an enemy sniper.

An inquest has today ruled that L/Cpl Ashworth, 23, from Corby, was killed unlawfully, while in active service in Afghanistan.

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery.

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Family's moving tribute to fallen hero

The family of L/Cpl James Ashworth have paid a moving tribute to their son following an inquest at Kettering Magistrates Court.

Mum Kerry said her son had died doing the job he loved.

She said: "James passed away doing a job he loved. At times it was a hard job but he did get to experience new countries, learn new skills and make some wonderful friends.

"James will be forever be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers and we will never get over his passing. But we will stay strong together as a family and along with his friends we will remain positive and celebrate his life at every opportunity as I know that is what he would want us to do."

VC soldier died doing the job he loved

Lance Corporal James Ashworth's family Credit: PA

A Corby soldier who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after he died trying to rescue his comrades was unlawfully killed, a coroner ruled today.

Lance Corporal James Ashworth, 23, of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was fatally injured by his own grenade after he was hit by a Taliban bullet just as he went to throw the explosive device into an compound in June last year.

Northamptonshire's Coroner said a post mortem showed the cause of death was blast injuries caused by an explosion and recorded a verdict of unlawful killing while he was serving on operations in Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Ashworth died after crawling along being peppered with bullets to throw his last grenade at a sniper who had his team pinned down.

Speaking after the inquest in Kettering, his mother Kerry said her son, died doing the job he loved.

She said:

"His smile can light up any room he goes into and we all love and miss him so. James passed away doing a job he loved. At times it was a hard job but he did get to experience new countries, learn new skills and make some wonderful friends.

"James will be forever be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers and we will never get over his passing. But we will stay strong together as a family and along with his friends we will remain positive and celebrate his life at every opportunity as I know that is what he would want us to do."

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Inquest into death of Corby soldier

Lance Corporal James Ashworth Credit: MoD

An inquest takes place today into the death of a soldier from Northamptonshire, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Lance Corporal James Ashworth, from Corby, died in June last year after coming under fire from insurgents in Afghanistan as he crawled along the ground to throw his last grenade at a sniper.

Chancellor pays tribute to VC hero

Chancellor George Osborne paid tribute to the heroism and courage of Lance Corporal James Ashworth.

The Corby soldier was awarded a posthumous VC for his courage after he was killed on patrol with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand Province last June.

He was protecting his comrades when he died.

The Chancellor mentioned the 23-year-old when announcing that the Military would receive the full recommended increase in "X-Factor" payment in May and to be exempted from changes to progression pay.

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True extent of Corby soldier's bravery revealed

It has been a day of both pride and sadness for one family from Northamptonshire, as the true scale of their son's bravery on the battlefield was revealed.

23-year-old Lance Corporal James Ashworth from Corby has been posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for showing 'extraordinary courage' in Afghanistan last year. It is only the tenth to be awarded since the Second World War.

His citation read: " Despite the ferocity of the insurgent's resistance, Ashworth refused to be beaten...."

His mother said it was typical of James's character to put himself in harm's way to protect his fellow soldiers.

ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson reports.

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