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Wrexham soldier died three days after 20th birthday

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake was from Wrexham Photo: Family photo

A soldier from Wrexham died three days after his 20th birthday when his Afghanistan sentry post came under fierce attack from insurgents, an inquest heard today.

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was killed on August 17, 2012. He died of gunshot wounds to the head and chest when he was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.

His family described the army as his "dream" career.

Guardsman Shadrake died after coming under small arms fire and grenade attack. It was a fierce attack which went on for a minute.

On the afternoon of Guardsman Shadrake's death, an informer had phoned the British forces to warn them of an imminent attack. While the major was on the radio, it began.

Guardsman Shadrake’s Platoon Commander, Captain Mike Dobbin, said they worked ahead of the normal frontline and had to be careful because of IEDs and small arms fire.

He said :"As soon as the attack happened I was aware it was more than what we previously experienced. I was very aware there were explosions to my right and left and gunfire from a direction I wasn't sure. It felt we were being attacked from more than one position."

Captain Dobbin said it appeared the fatal gunfire came from a road about 50 metres from the sentry.

The inquest at Ruthin, before coroner John Gittins, is due to last three days.