Lance Corporal James Brynin, The Intelligence Corps
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2013, Lance Corporal James Brynin was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. He was an intelligence analyst working for a Light Electronic Warfare Team within the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of 7th Armoured Brigade. His unit had come under heavy enemy fire, there was confusion over where the fire was coming from and Lance Corporal Brynin was shot and killed by another British soldier; the coroner at the inquest determined that he was not unlawfully killed. He had joined the Army in 2011 and served once before in Afghanistan in 2012; being recognized as “a bright, motivated, self-starter” he excelled in the army and had been selected for promotion to corporal. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Slack, Commanding Officer of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Brigade Reconnaissance Regiment, said of him: “Lance Corporal Brynin was a star, burning bright and rising fast. From the moment he joined the Brigade Reconnaissance Force it was clear that we were blessed with a truly special individual. His loss is one of the real tragedies of this military campaign. He stood out due to his professionalism, his determination and his razor-sharp intelligence. He touched everyone with his zest for life and sense of humour. But above all he will be remembered for his extraordinary courage: when it mattered he stood up and was counted.” James, from Pulborough in West Sussex, was 22 years old.