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Soldier killed at UK base named
L/Cpl George Russell Davey. Photo from the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
L/Cpl Davey was described as selfless commander
A British soldier who died in "a tragic firearms accident" in Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

An inquiry has been launched into the death of L/Cpl George Russell Davey, from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, at a British base in Helmand.

The MoD said 23-year-old L/Cpl Davey, a father of two daughters, who was from Beccles, Suffolk, had been a "loyal, kind-hearted and selfless commander".

A spokesman said the death had not been the result of enemy action.


L/Cpl Davey, who was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, sustained his injuries at the British base in Sangin, Helmand Province.

In a statement the MoD said the soldier had been second in command of his platoon on an operation in Afghanistan since early April.

It said: "His quiet and unassuming demeanour helped him achieve impressive results. With the more junior soldiers in his section, he had a maturity beyond his years.

George Davey was a hard working, brave and humble soldier who will be sorely missed
Maj Mick Aston
Officer Commanding B (Suffolk) Company

"He sought little praise or recognition for his actions, preferring to get on with the job in hand with the minimum of fuss."

The statement said L/Cpl Davey was a "pillar of strength" who had recently shown his fearlessness in "suppressing the enemy" at close quarters while under intense fire on a mission in the Sangin Valley.

It added he was a devoted family man who doted on his wife, Joanna, and two young daughters, Millie and Morgan.

'Tragic loss'

Maj Mick Aston, Officer Commanding B (Suffolk) Company, said: "George Davey was a hard working, brave and humble soldier who will be sorely missed by everyone in the Company."

Defence Secretary Des Browne said: "The loss of such a promising young soldier is very tragic. The family and friends of L/Cpl Davey are in my thoughts and prayers and I extend my heartfelt condolences to all who knew him."

The MoD said the circumstances of the accident would now be the subject of a Royal Military Police investigation.

The death is the 55th among British forces in Afghanistan since the start of operations in November 2001.

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