Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Hero killed trying to retrieve body of his dead comrade

A British soldier was killed in Afghanistan while trying to retrieve the body of a fallen Afghan comrade.

Private Jason Williams (23) from Worcester, of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, died after setting off an improvised explosive device near Gereshk in Helmand Province on Saturday.

His family paid tribute to a “loving and caring son and brother”.

Pte Williams died while taking part in an operation to secure an area where three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers had been killed earlier in the day.

One of the dead could not be found and the UK troops were trying to prevent the body falling into the hands of insurgents.

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Banton, commanding officer of 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, said Afghan soldiers now referred to Pte Williams as a hero for his “selfless sacrifice”.

He went on: “On the day he died Jason was taking part in an action which adhered to every soldier's oldest code — leave no man behind.

“His brave determination and commitment to his brothers-in-arms ensured that the Afghan warrior's family are able to pay their proper respects to their own fallen son.”

Lt Col Banton praised Pte Williams's cheerful “can-do” attitude and said he had made a “tangible difference” to the Afghan people where he was based in Helmand.

“He will be remembered by the Mercian Regiment with honour and by his mates for his irrepressible smile.”

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