Thursday, 1 August 2013

Victoria Cross British Soldier Was 'Unlawfully Killed'

An inquest has found that a soldier who won a Victoria Cross for bravery in Afghanistan was unlawfully killed. L/Cpl James Ashworth 23, of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was fatally injured by his own grenade after he was hit by a Taliban bullet just as he went to throw the explosive device into an compound in June last year. At L/Cpl Ashworth's inquest today Anne Pember, the Northamptonshire Coroner, said a post mortem had revealed cause of death as blast injuries caused by an explosion. She recorded a verdict of unlawful killing while he was serving on operations in Afghanistan. L/Cpl Ashworth died after crawling along being peppered with bullets to throw his last grenade at a sniper who had his team pinned down. He was attempting to clear Taliban compounds in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province. Read More HERE R.I.P.

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