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Afghanistan soldier found hanged at his Swansea home

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

By Liz Perkins and Jason Evans

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A HERO soldier who served on the frontline in Afghanistan has been found hanged at his Swansea home.

Trooper Robert Llewellyn Griffiths, of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, also known as the Welsh Cavalry, was discovered at the property in Oldway, Bishopston, on Saturday evening.

He was only 24.

An Army spokesman said: "Police are investigating the death of a soldier who was serving with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

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"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

The regiment returned from a challenging seven-month tour of Helmand Province last April.

Explosive

Both Lieutenant David Boyce and Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon were killed while serving with the regiment during the same tour of duty in Afghanistan.

They died in November 2011 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) and there were a number of service personnel wounded.

Soldiers from the Dale Barracks-based regiment in Paderborn, Germany, were involved in rooting out the Taliban, attacking their command centres and destroying their weapons.

These included a stash of bomb-making equipment.

Troops marched on Swansea as part of their Freedom of the City last May to mark their return from operations in Helmand Province.

The regiment has previously served in Afghanistan during 2008/09.

A police spokesman said the soldier's death was not being treated as suspicious and his family had been informed.

"South Wales Police in Swansea are investigating the unexplained death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found at a house in Oldway, Bishopston, at about 5.15pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012," he said.

"There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances.

"The next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed."

Soldiers urged not to suffer in silence after Trooper found hanged at Swansea home

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  • Chris76  |  January 04 2013, 5:06PM

    In addition to what abertawejack says; No one will think any less of you if you do ask for help and they may not understand exactly what you've experienced but that's not essential. Its all about helping YOU put that info some where and move forward.

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  • tawse57  |  January 04 2013, 1:22PM

    God bless.

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  • abertawejack  |  January 04 2013, 10:00AM

    They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor the the years condemn, at the going down of the sun and in the morning: We Will Remember THEM; Rest In Peace trooper Robert Llewellyn Griffiths; Thank You for "OUR FREEDOM". To those that bear the scars of war externally or internally, please remember, there are people who can and will help you come to terms with your new way of life; Just ask.

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  • brochadav  |  January 04 2013, 9:56AM

    It's a crying shame. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his friends and family.

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