14th Signal Regiment soldier killed in action in Afghanistan had 'heart of a lion'
3:04pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A soldier based at Cawdor Barracks who was killed in Afghanistan yesterday (Tuesday) has been named.
Lance Corporal James Brynin, an Intelligence Corps soldier attached to 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), deployed to Task Force Helmand in August 2013 as an intelligence analyst working for a Light Electronic Warfare Team (LEWT) within the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of 7th Armoured Brigade.
In the early hours of 15 October, the BRF deployed from Camp Bastion into the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province to counter an imminent threat to both the Afghan population and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Towards the end of the operation Lance Corporal Brynin’s section became the target of enemy fire.
Together with a sniper and machine gunner of the BRF, Lance Corporal Brynin returned fire, but while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound.
Lance Corporal James Brynin was born in Shoreham-By-Sea on 22 December 1990. Joining the Army in February 2011, he was immediately identified as a bright, motivated, self-starter and joined the Intelligence Corps. Following his initial training he was posted to 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare).
Such was his calibre, and having already served a tour in Afghanistan in 2012, he volunteered to train with the BRF and deployed back to Afghanistan in August 2013.
Lance Corporal Brynin, who was known as Jay to his friends, excelled in the Army; he had already been selected for promotion to corporal, and had grand ambitions.
Lance Corporal Brynin’s family have paid the following tribute: "Heart of a lion, we will always stand strong for you. We will never forget. Rest in peace – Dad, Efrem; Mum, Sharon; sister, Yasmin; and girlfriend, Olivia."
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Purves, Royal Signals, Commanding Officer 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), said: "Bright and engaging, Lance Corporal Brynin was immensely popular and an outstanding soldier in every respect. Having already completed 1 tour to Afghanistan, his appointment to support the Brigade Reconnaissance Force was indicative of his talent and leadership qualities. He was fit, determined and genuinely wanted to make a difference. His selection for promotion to full corporal earlier this year highlighted his flair for his chosen profession.
"Full of energy and an avid fan of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, he was also involved in every aspect of regimental life. Always seeking excellence, he aspired to attend pre-parachute selection on his return from Afghanistan; his quality was such that I am confident he would have passed with flying colours.
"A member of a small and specialist cadre, his selfless sacrifice to those around him typifies his commitment and unflinching bravery. He will, forever, be remembered with pride by his regimental family.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Jay’s parents, his close family and friends at this difficult time."