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Devon soldier Brett Hall died after mine blast

Trooper Brett Hall
Image caption Trooper Brett Hall joined the Army aged 18

A Devon soldier died in hospital in the UK after a bomb exploded under his vehicle in Afghanistan, an inquest heard.

Trooper Brett Hall, 21, from Dartmouth, died four days after the armoured vehicle he was driving struck the buried device in Helmand province.

A coroner at his inquest recorded a narrative verdict, saying he died serving his country.

The blast happened about 40km from Camp Bastion on 12 September 2009.

Trooper Hall, of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, was driving the lead vehicle in a convoy.

He was pulled from the vehicle and transferred in a Chinook helicopter to a field hospital before being flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

Dr Kenneth Shorrock, a Home Office pathologist, told an inquest at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall in the West Midlands that medics had to amputate both his legs below the knee.

He consequently developed circulation problems and needed a 31-pint blood transfusion but his brain had been starved of oxygen and was "irreversibly damaged", Dr Shorrock said.

The pathologist said: "There is nothing in the medical records that suggests that anything different could have been done to prevent the outcome.

"You can't say that these injuries would have been inevitably fatal, but they would have been fatal in a high proportion of cases."

Aidan Cotter, coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, said: "I record as the conclusion that Brett Hall was killed by the enemy whilst on active service for our country."

Trooper Hall, who joined the Army in November 2006, was buried with full military honours in Dartmouth where he was born and brought up.

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