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Gun death was 'cleaning accident'
L/Cpl George Russell Davey
L/Cpl Davey died after suffering three heart attacks
The death of a soldier who shot himself in the chest on duty in Afghanistan was a tragic accident, an inquest heard.

Lance Corporal George Davey, 23, from Beccles on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, died after his gun went off while he was cleaning it.

A bullet from his rifle hit the soldier, from the First Battalion Royal Anglians, in his chest.

The inquest at Lowestoft recorded a verdict of accidental death.

'Difficult circumstances'

The inquest heard that L/Cpl Davey's colleagues found him still standing and conscious after the accident.

But despite the best efforts of the medical team he suffered three cardiac arrests and died.

L/Cpl Davey had been serving in Helmand province and just a few days before had phoned his wife, saying he was feeling very tired.

The couple, who have two daughters aged three and one, had been planning a holiday when he returned from his tour of duty.

The coroner said it was a tragic accident that highlighted the immensely difficult circumstances soldiers faced.

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