August 20, 2012

Jamie Shadrake

British Guardsman Jamie Shadrake, age 20, died on August 17, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from enemy gun fire. 

He was with the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. 

Jamie grew up in Cardiff and later moved to Wrexham.  He joined the Army at the age of 17 and initially served in the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards in London conducting public duties at the Royal Palaces and state ceremonial tasks. In April 2010, he moved to 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards in Aldershot, joining his elder brother in The Queen's Company. After impressing officers during a training exercise in 2011, he was moved to the Battalion's elite Reconnaissance Platoon.

He deployed with the Platoon to Afghanistan on his first operational tour the same year.
Father, place Jamie on the
Stairway to Heaven

Family members describe him as a loving son and brother who was proud to be a soldier.

Military officials describe him as an outstanding soldier, energetic, bright and committed. 

Colleagues describe him as the greatest mate. 

Jamie is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Cathryn and Philip Shadrake; brothers Carl, Kieran and Shane; and sister Kerry-Anne.

Pray for the 20 year olds who die in combat. Yesterday, they were just boys. 

Let us pray that Jamie Shadrake is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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