- 05-01-2013, 01:32 #1
- Join Date
- Mar 2011
Blast Soldier Found Hanged While On Leave
"Trooper Robert Griffiths, 24, was one of three soldiers who escaped unhurt from the potentially deadly explosion in November 2011.
The soldier, with the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, later described surviving the blast from the improvised explosive device (IED) as a "buzz".
At the time he was driving an upgraded 35-ton Scimitar Mk2 light tank, boasting new heavy armour, on routine patrol in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan.
Trooper Griffiths, who served in what is known as the Welsh cavalry, went on to praise the role the new Scimitar played in protecting them.
He was found hanging at his parents' home in the village of Bishopston, near Swansea, South Wales, last Saturday evening.
South Wales Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man at the location.
A spokesman said the soldier's family had been informed and the death was not being treated as suspicious.
"Police are investigating the death of a soldier who was serving with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards," an Army spokesman said.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time," he added.
Trooper Griffiths finished a gruelling seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in April last year.
His regiment is based in barracks in Paderborn, Germany, but he was back in the UK on leave over the Christmas period.
Trooper Griffiths' encounter with the potentially fatal IED was highlighted at the time in a Ministry of Defence online news release.
Headlined: "Soldiers survive IED strike thanks to Scimitar," the article went on to chronicle the vehicle's lifesaving armour upgrade.
It followed a period in Afghanistan when British patrol vehicles were perceived to be under-protected and putting the lives of soldiers at risk.
The article continued: "Trooper Robert Griffiths, the Scimitar's driver, said the crew were in high spirits on returning to camp, but appreciated that their survival was due to the vehicle, which has been in service for just over two months."
He was quoted as saying: "I'm massively impressed with the amount of protection the upgraded armour provided. It was obviously a shock, but I've never had such a buzz in my life
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- 05-01-2013, 12:42 #2
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- Jun 2010
RIP Trooper Robert Griffiths.
- 05-01-2013, 13:05 #3
- Join Date
- Apr 2005
- In front of the fire, wearing slippers with a brew at hand.
That is just so sad. I doubt it will be the last though, unfortunately.
At least Robert Griffiths is no longer troubled. RIP.
- 05-01-2013, 13:08 #4
- 05-01-2013, 13:29 #5
- Join Date
- Dec 2004
- A padded cell
RIP. Did he recieve adequate support following the traumatic events?
PS This was/is a general comment and not intended as speculation about medical or other issues.
Last edited by Yokel; 05-01-2013 at 14:41.
- 05-01-2013, 14:25 #6
I doubt it, and the way we hype up xmas definately wouldn't have helped.
- 05-01-2013, 14:28 #7
Unless you actually know Trooper Roberts or have access to his medical records can I suggest that discussing his mental health or what treatment/support he did or didn't get might not be a good idea?
Especially when, let's be honest, you don't actually have a clue what's happened and you're just guessing.
- 05-01-2013, 14:31 #8
- 05-01-2013, 14:35 #9
Very sad indeed. RIP
- 05-01-2013, 14:37 #10
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