The Ministry of Defence has released the following description of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, who was killed inthe Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday.
"Guardsman Jamie Shadrake was born on 14 of August 1992 and was brought up in Wrexham, Wales.
"He played rugby for his local team at Llanharan and was looking forward to playing for the Battalion team at the first opportunity. A keen sportsman, he also enjoyed kayaking and rifle shooting.
"Guardsman Shadrake joined the Army as an 17-year-old in 2009. Upon completion of the Combat Infantryman's Course at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick he moved to Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards, in London where he conducted public duties at the Royal Palaces...
"In April 2010 he moved to 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in Aldershot, joining his elder brother in The Queen's Company.
"So competent was his performance on a training exercise in Canada in the summer of 2011, that he was placed into the Battalion's elite Reconnaissance Platoon.
"He subsequently completed Mission Specific Training and deployed with the Platoon to Afghanistan on his first operational tour.
"He was an impressive soldier with a huge number of friends, who had a promising future in the Army and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
"Guardsman Shadrake leaves behind his parents, Cathryn and Philip, brothers Carl, Kieran and Shane, and sister Kerry-Anne."
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