Private James Prosser, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Private James Prosser, from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh, was killed in Afghanistan in an explosion during a vehicle patrol in Musa Qaleh district. He had enlisted the year before, joining 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, in February of 2009. He is remembered as a natural infanteer who relished his job; he was initially employed as a member of a dismounted section before being selected for training as a Warrior infantry fighting vehicle driver, something he excelled at, before deployment to Afghanistan in July. He took the rigorous and demanding training in his stride, showing a genuine enthusiasm for soldiering, and it was noted that he had a bright future ahead. Major Huw Jones, Company Commander, said: “Private Prosser was fun. His effervescent personality meant that one of his quips was never far from the surface. When they came it was as a bubbling stream of one-liners carrying everyone along with them - I was the victim of his wit more than once. He was an astute and selfless soldier who always put his fellows ahead of himself. A brave professional, his passing has left a huge hole. I, like the rest of the company, will miss him dearly.” James, from Caerphilly, was 21 years old.