Private Richard Hunt, 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Private Richard Hunt, 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak from wounds sustained in Helmand province two days previously. He joined the army in 2007 and was immensely proud to be both an infanteer and a member of the Royal Welsh, specialising as a Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle driver, and fast developing into an excellent sniper as well as showing clear leadership potential. Major Huw Jones said: “Richard was a fine soldier; fit, professional and extremely brave. He had huge potential and was at the peak of his game, having just completed an arduous and demanding sniper course. It was typical of him to volunteer to drive a Warrior when the need arose. Despite the danger he threw himself at the task with the boundless enthusiasm and selfless commitment which was his hallmark - he set an example for us all. We have lost a man of great courage and skill, and it has wounded us deeply.” Richard, from Abergavenny, was 21 years old.