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Soldier who died from Afghanistan wounds named as Guardsman Karl Whittle from Bristol

Guardsman Karl Whittle died after being shot in Afghanistan Photo: MOD

A British soldier who died in the UK after being wounded in Afghanistan last month has been named as Guardsman Karl Whittle of The Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

The 22-year-old from Bristol was shot during an insurgent attack in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, on 14 August.

He later died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on Friday.

The father of one joined the Army in 2009 and deployed to Afghanistan for the first time on April 5 this year.

Karl was one in a million. He was a proud and caring man who took pride in whatever he did.

The family are obviously devastated. Karl was the light of many lives and touched all who knew him.

He will be especially missed by his baby daughter Grace, who has lost her number one man.

– Family statement

One of our very best. A great soldier and a young man of rare character, he was destined to go a very long way in the Army.

Big, strong and full of fight, he battled hard against his injuries right to the very end. His loss has been keenly felt in a close Battalion, and our prayers are with his family at this most difficult of times.

– Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

After completing his combat training, Guardsman Whittle spent time conducting public duties at the Royal Palaces and taking part in state ceremonial tasks with Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards.

He joined 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards as part of Three Platoon, The Queen's Company, in August 2011 and later deployed to Afghanistan.

His death brings the number of UK military deaths in the Afghanistan operation, since 2001, to 426.