Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Trooper James Anthony Leverett, D (The Green Horse) Squadron, the Viking Group, the Royal Dragoon Guards, was killed in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was travelling in was struck by an IED.
Trooper Leverett worked as a plasterer’s labourer before joining the army when he was eighteen years old. He attended the Army Training Regiment in Winchester, and then went on to qualify as a Challenger 2 tank driver. Colleagues remember him as tough, determined, kind and funny – a well-liked man who could always be relied on to raise morale when needed. He had deployed to Afghanistan a month before his death.
Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith said of him: “Trooper James Leverett was a Royal Dragoon Guard of significant potential. He had only been with the regiment for 18 months but in this short time he had more than made his mark. He was a model soldier…always pushed to the front as his Squadron Leader recognised that Levy had all the qualities associated with a modern-day Armoured Corps trooper. He was young, bright, robust, fit, brave, intelligent and tremendously popular. He was not afraid to speak his mind, but he always did so in a balanced and measured fashion. However, it was the twinkle in his eye and his quick wit that I will really remember; the fact is that he had more than enough professional attributes to get away with it. He loved the regiment and his fellow soldiers. We will remember him. Quis Separabit.”
James, who grew up in Sheffield and Rotherham, was 20 years old and looking forward to the birth of his first child, a boy, due two months after his death.