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Tribute to 'dedicated' and 'brilliant' Wrexham soldier

The mother of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2012, has paid tribute to him at an inquest into his death.

Catherine Griffiths describes her son as a "dedicated soldier" and a "brilliant son".

Earlier today a coroner found that Guardsman Shadrake had been 'unlawfully killed while on active service'.

Wrexham soldier 'unlawfully killed on active service'

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake died three days after his 20th birthday Credit: Family photo

Coroner John Gittins ruled that Guardsman Jamie Shadrake was 'unlawfully killed whilst on active service'.

In a statement outside the inquest, his mother said: 'We believed in Jamie and in what he was doing in Afghanistan. We know his selfless sacrifice has helped the people of Afghanistan'

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in 2012.


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Inquest hears about Wrexham soldier's final moments

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake died three days after his 20th birthday Credit: Family photo

An inquest into the death of Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, 20, has heard evidence this morning from the medic who tried to save his life.

Lance Corporal Guy Bosher - questioned by coroner John Gittins - agreed that the Guardsman's death, after an attack whilst he was manning a sentry point on his own, would have been instantaneous.

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

Handler tracks down sniffer dog after 8 years in Afghanistan

Tyler is an 8-year-old English Springer Spaniel Credit: Malpeet K9 Academy

A dog, which spent eight years detecting explosives in the Middle East, is retiring to his home in Bridgend, after being rescued by his original handler.

There were fears for Tyler's future, after his employer pulled out of Afghanistan. So Simon Mallin went to find him.

The pair first met in 2005 in Iraq when Simon was a handler, and they bonded whilst working under extreme conditions.

In late 2008, Simon returned to the UK and formed his own training academy, 'Malpeet K9 Academy.' But five years later in 2013, Simon became concerned about Tyler after hearing his employer was pulling out of Afghanistan.

Tyler has been working in both Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2014 Credit: Malpeet K9 Academy

With the help of an animal rescue charity in Kabul and some public donations, Simon managed to locate Tyler and bring him home.

He's planning to enjoy his retirement life with Simon in Cardiff, and will serve as Malpeet K9 Academy's mascot.


Welsh Cavalry to work on training Afghan army

Soldiers from the Welsh Cavalry are set to work alongside troops from the United States and the Afghan National Army on their final tour. It comes as British troops look to a full withdrawal from Aghanistan by the end of the year.

“The QDG will be involved in three roles on Operation HERRICK 20. A Squadron is working with the United States Marine Corps at the Regional Corps Battle School, supporting training within the Afghan National Army.

“B Squadron has combined with Regimental Headquarters to form the Brigade Advisory Team or BAT. This team will meet and liaise with the headquarters of 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army on a daily basis.

"When the ANA deploys to conduct operations the BAT will accompany them to assist with enabling support.

“Finally C Squadron have deployed as the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, working within the Manoeuvre Battlegoup. Their role will be to protect Camp Bastion by deploying to counter threats before they have a chance to reach the camp itself.”

– Commanding Officer Lt Col Will Davies

Welsh Cavalry working to hand over Afghan control

The Welsh Cavalry have embarked on their final tour of Afghanistan. The tour will see them working towards the handover of control to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the protection of the remaining ISAF.

Soldiers of the Welsh Cavalry take over responsibilities in Afghanistan Credit: MoD
A soldier salutes a British flag in Helmand province, Afghanistan Credit: MoD

Welsh Cavalry begin their final tour of Afghanistan

A member of the QDG prepares a Welsh flag in Helmand Province Credit: MoD

The 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) have started their final tour of Afghanistan. British troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year.

The QDG - known as The Welsh Cavalry - have taken over responsibilities from the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Staffords), the 9/12 Royal Lancers and the 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland in Helmand Province.

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