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Soldier killed in Iraq road crash
Stephen Jones
Fusilier Stephen Jones died in Iraq on Friday
A soldier from north Wales has been killed in a road traffic accident in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Fusilier Stephen Jones, 22, from Denbigh, was serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers when the accident happened.

He was killed 10 miles south of Al Amarah, an MoD spokesman said.

Mr Jones, who was married, was serving with a company of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

He went to Iraq in April - a month after he married his 19-year-old wife, Zoe.

His father Ian said from their family home in Llanrhaeadr that it was "difficult" to cope.

"You never think it is going to happen to you," he said.

"He joined the army in 1999. He didn't really know what he wanted to do at first but he was football mad and wanted to do something with sport.

All we have been told is that he suffered head injuries in a road accident in Iraq and died
Ian Jones, father
"Then the army went to school one day and that was it. He came home and said he wanted to join the army and become a physical training instructor.

"He joined the Welsh Fusiliers straight from school at 17.

"All we have been told is that he suffered head injuries in a road accident in Iraq and died. We know no more than that.

"It could be Monday before we have any more details," added.

Mr Jones, who had also served in Ireland and Iraq, was due to fly home on Tuesday for two weeks leave - before returning to Iraq for a further four or five weeks.

A statement on the MoD's website read: "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has to confirm that Fusilier Stephen Jones died in a road traffic accident south of Al Amarah on 10 September 2004.

"He was serving with A Company of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers. A married man, Stephen Jones was aged 22 and came from Denbigh.

"The media are requested to respect his family's privacy at this very difficult time," it concluded.

His funeral will be held at Llanrhaeadr Parish Church. A date has yet to be confirmed.



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