The widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Iraq has called for better security arrangements for troops.
Corporal Dewi Pritchard loved what he did
Corporal Dewi Pritchard, 35, from Bridgend, south Wales, died when gunmen
ambushed the civilian vehicle he was using in Basra.
The father-of-two, a Territorial Army soldier serving with 116 Provost Company
(Volunteers), Royal Military Police, had been working to restore law and order
in the region.
At the end of a week of high-profile security arrangements surrounding the
British visit of United States President George Bush, Cpl Pritchard's widow
Tracey called for better protection for soldiers.
Cpl Pritchard and two other officers
died when their rented civilian 4x4 vehicle was ambushed on 23 August.
Mrs Pritchard, 35, spoke of her concerns about the number of RMP soldiers being killed.
"I just don't feel that he was protected," she said.
The couple married in 1996 and had a daughter Kira, six and Ethan, two.
Cpl Pritchard worked locally for Bosch in Miskin, and had only been back in Basra for just one day following his return from six
days rest and recuperation when the incident happened.
Speaking on Friday, Mrs Pritchard said her husband had gone to Iraq despite his
concerns about the reasons behind the war.
"He felt proud that he was going over there and felt he had a job to do," she said.
Widow Tracey (second from right) with family and friends
"My husband was a very brave man and he would not let anybody down."
Cpl Pritchard had been worried about being vulnerable and had been already
attacked in Basra while in a car in the week before his final visit home.
He told his wife he had to take out his gun several times a week for
"He just did not feel safe," she said. "I was getting by from day to day and waiting for him to
come home. I never dreamed that it would end like this."
Mrs Pritchard said steps should be taken to increase protection for soldiers to prevent more wives turning into widows.
"I just wonder how many more people are going to be in my position, to lose a soul mate," she said.
"They should have greater security to prevent the same situation happening
again. Our troops need to be protected.
"If Dewi's death can save the life of another soldier then he won't have died
Mrs Pritchard did not meet President Bush this week, but if she had been invited to meet
him, she said she would have questioned him about whether there was a "clear
strategy" to resolve the situation.