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  • Christina Drummond

Guardsman Jamie Janes, 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Guardsman Jamie Janes of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was mortally wounded by an IED whilst on a foot patrol near Nad e-Ali district, central Helmand province. The explosion was followed by an insurgent ambush which the patrol had to fight off before evacuating the wounded soldiers. Guardsman Janes died en route to hospital. This was his second tour of Afghanistan, and he had previously served in the Falklands. Guardsman Janes joined Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards at the age of seventeen, and on turning eighteen he deployed to Afghanistan for the first time. His section commander said of him: "Jamie was a person I relied on heavily. His position in my section meant he created a safe passage for me and the rest of the lads whenever we went out on patrol. He was totally professional in everything he did and was a role model to the other lads who didn’t share the same operational experience. As a Section Commander I know I will struggle to find somebody as capable and reliable as Jamie. The atmosphere won’t be the same without him. He will truly be missed." Jamie, from Stafford, was 20 years old.

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