Guardsman Janes was killed as a result of an explosion that happened whilst on a foot patrol near to Nad e-Ali district centre in central Helmand province on Monday 5 Oct 2009. He was mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device, which also wounded three of his colleagues. The explosion was followed up by an insurgent ambush which the patrol then had to fight off before evacuating the wounded soldiers. Unfortunately Guardsman Janes died en route to hospital.
Jamie was a Guardsman in 6 Platoon, 2 Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Born on 16 May 1989 in Stafford, his family moved to Brighton when he was two. He attended Hove Park Comprehensive School and began his Army career at Harrogate Foundation College when he was 16, before moving to the Infantry Training Centre Catterick. Guardsman Janes joined Nijmegen Company in Woolwich aged 17 where he carried out numerous state ceremonial and public duties. In 2007, on turning 18, he was posted to the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who were in Afghanistan. He spent four months on operations before returning to England. Between tours he served in the Falkland Islands and also conducted training exercises in Kenya with the battalion.
Lieutenant Alexander Rawlins, his Platoon Commander, said:
Lance Sergeant Arron Harris, his Section Commander, said:
At Jamie's funeral his mum Jacqueline, girlfriend Kate Woolley, three brothers (one of whom is serving in the British Army) and two sisters were joined by hundreds of mourners at St Philip's Church in Hove, East Sussex. Rev Peter Hewlett-Smith, chaplain to the Grenadier Guards, told them Jamie showed "selfless commitment, physical and moral courage". His coffin, wrapped in the Union flag, was carried from the church by his comrades. Jamie, one of six children, was buried at Hove cemetery.
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