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Tributes paid to 'tremendous' soldier killed in Afghanistan

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake Photo: Ministry of Defence

A soldier killed in Afghanistan has been named as Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

Born in West Bromwich, Guardsman Shadrake was brought up near Cardiff, before his family moved to Wrexham last year. They've described him as "a tremendous son and brother".

Guardsman Shadrake, who was 20, died of gunshot wounds when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province.

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.

Jamie lit up any room with his infectious smile.

He will be sorely missed by so many who loved him.

– Family of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake

Guardsman Shadrake's commanding officer described him as "an extraordinary young man".

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.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and siblings at this extremely difficult time.

Guardsman Shadrake's death is a bitter blow to the battalion and the regimental family more broadly.

– Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder

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