British Soldier Dies of ‘Non-Battle Injury’ while Deployed in Afghanistan

The British Army has announced the death of a soldier of a ‘non-battle injury’ while deployed on operations in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 22.

The deceased soldier was identified as Private Joseph Alexander Berry (21) from Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.

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Private Berry was born and raised in Crewe, Cheshire, and began training with The Parachute Regiment Training Company at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, in September 2017. He was one of few soldiers who completed initial training in one attempt, including P Company.

In April 2018, Private Berry passed out of training and was posted to Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA). He served with distinction in A Company from the moment he arrived, for two and a half years. He was one of A Company’s strong contenders to attend the Potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre, to compete for promotion to Lance Corporal.

Private Berry deployed to Afghanistan on Operation TORAL 9 in November 2019, within an Advisor Force Protection Company, based out of New Kabul Compound. His role was to deploy to locations throughout Kabul to provide security for a host of advisors. This was his first operational deployment and followed demanding training on exercises across the UK, Kenya and Belize.

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