AN ‘UNFLINCHINGLY brave’ Shoreham soldier who died in Afghanistan will be ‘eternally missed’.
Lance Corporal James Brynin was shot dead last Tuesday, when his patrol was attacked in the Helmand province.
The 22-year-old was working as an intelligence analyst and had already been selected for promotion.
A statement from the Ministry of Defence said his section became the target of enemy fire towards the end of the operation. LCpl Brynin and two others returned fire, but ‘while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound’.
He died from his injuries in the area of Kakaran, despite receiving immediate medical attention.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Purves said: “His selfless sacrifice to those around him typifies his commitment and unflinching bravery.”
The repatriation took place at RAF Brize Norton on Tuesday. The aircraft landed in the afternoon and the cortege passed the memorial garden on the way to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
The family placed red, yellow and white flowers on the roof of the hearse.
LCpl Brynin, who joined the Army in February, 2011, was the first soldier to have been killed in Afghanistan for six months. He was also the first soldier born in Shoreham to die on active service since the Second World War.
Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza paid tribute to him at the full council meeting on Thursday. He said he was pushing for James’ name to be the first on the town’s proposed Wall of Names on Coronation Green.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said LCpl Brynin was immediately identified as a ‘bright, motivated, self-starter’ and had been selected for promotion to Corporal.
Known to his friends as Jay, he had previously served a tour in Afghanistan in 2012 and had ‘grand ambitions’.
Although he was born in Shoreham, his family now live in Pulborough. A memorial and peace garden will be planted in the village, near Pulborough Library and the village hall.
Dad Efrem, mum Sharon, sister Yasmin and girlfriend Olivia issued a tribute saying: “Heart of a lion, we will always stand strong for you. We will never forget. Rest in peace.”
LCpl Brynin was attached to 14th Signal Regiment, deployed to Task Force Helmand in August, 2013 as an intelligence analyst working for a light electronic warfare team within the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of 7th Armoured Brigade.
On the website James’ father, Efrem, is quoted as saying: “Jay died a hero, representing his country at the highest level possible, with the ultimate sacrifice.
“He loved football and particularly Brighton & Hove Albion, he played from age five until 18, then taking his chosen career path. We just want everyone to know what a special character he was, lionhearted, determined and completely driven.”
He had played for Lancing Rangers, Upper Beeding Youth, Worthing Youth and Worthing United Youth football teams and was part of the Sussex FA under-16s Representative Squad in the 2006-07 season.