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Jamie Shadrake: Wrexham soldier unlawful killing inquest verdict

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Media captionCathryn Griffiths said her 'brilliant son' Jamie was a tremendous brother and friend

A Wrexham soldier killed in Afghanistan was unlawfully killed in an "intense" attack by insurgents, an inquest found.

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, 20, of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was shot in an attack at a checkpoint in Helmand Province in August 2012.

The inquest in Ruthin previously heard the attack happened as a warning was being radioed to the base's commander.

In a statement after the hearing, the soldier's mother said he had died helping the people of Afghanistan.

During the second day of the inquest, the hearing was told that Guardsman Shadrake had probably died instantly.

L/Cpl Guy Bosher, a senior army medic, said the guardsman was taken to him on a stretcher shortly after the minute-long attack on the temporary checkpoint known as TCP 40.

The soldier had suffered head trauma and L/Cpl Bosher began CPR, even after another medic noted the guardsman had no pulse.

"I told them I was going to carry on as if there was a pulse" he told the inquest.

Double manning

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Image caption Guardsman Jamie Shadrake was at a temporary checkpoint when the Taliban attacked

The inquest was also told orders were given to double manpower on the sentry points just after the attack warning was radioed in from another temporary check point at Narquir.

In a statement taken by the military police days later, Lt Frederick Moynan confirmed messages to increase manpower were sent, and acknowledgements were received, but the attack happened moments later.

There had been a fatal attack on on a nearby British compound three days earlier.

Coroner John Gittings said he was "reassured that where lessons were to be learned, they were learned very quickly and acted upon appropriately".

Delivering a narrative verdict after the two-day inquest, Mr Gittings said: "It was by no means certain that had there been double manning of the sentry position at that time, that Guardsman Shadrake's death could have been avoided, such was the intensity of the attack and the determination of the insurgents to inflict maximum damage."

He concluded the guardsman was unlawfully killed whilst on active service.

'Selfless sacrifice'

Cathryn Griffiths, the mother of Jamie Shadrake, read a statement following the inquest.

She said: "Jamie was a brilliant son, tremendous brother and friend. He will never be forgotten and is loved and remembered every day; he is in out thoughts and in our hearts.

"We believed in Jamie and in what he was doing in Afghanistan. We know his selfless sacrifice has helped the people of Afghanistan.

"As a family we are grateful for the help and support they we have received from the Grenadier Guards through this difficult time."

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