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Private Chris Gray, 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Private Chris Gray from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in Now Zad, Helmand Province. His patrol had been conducting clearance when they were attacked by the Taliban, in the fierce firefight which ensued he was fatally shot, as a bullet went through a gap in his body armour, piercing his heart and lungs. Filming for the documentary “Our War” was in progress at the time, and these articles make for interesting reading: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1395032/Soldier-Chris-Grays-final-moments-caught-camera-Afghan-war-documentary.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/entries/d15625a1-1c1e-3c50-a18e-14890c53b79a Private Gray had joined the army a year earlier, something he always wanted to do. In just six months with the Royal Anglian Regiment he had earned these words of tribute: courageous, highly-respected, selfless, a true Viking. Major Dom Biddick MBE, said: “He was a superlative soldier; passionate about his job; and a man with real leadership potential. A young man with a big heart and a calm, generous and immensely trustworthy personality.” Chris, from Leicester, was 19 years old.

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