Friday, September 16, 2011

British soldier killed while training for Afghanistan

The British Ministry of Defence has reported the death of 21-year-old Fusilier Dean Griffiths, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, while on a live-firing range in Kent on 14th September 2011. Fusilier Griffiths was in training for deployment to Afghanistan.

According to The Guardian newspaper, Fusilier Dean was shot in the head during a "fire and move" drill.

The young soldier was due to become a father. His brother, Dewi Griffiths, paid this tribute: "Dean was fun, loving and caring, and was so excited at becoming a father. He touched the lives of so many and we will all miss our Deano."

Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Webb, described Fusilier Griffiths as "an outstanding soldier with the potential for a long and very successful career in The Royal Welsh."

The incident is being investigated by the civil police.

Note: we have included Fusilier Griffiths on this website because he was due to deploy to Afghanistan.

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