Private Chris Gray killed in Afghanistan on Friday 13 April 2007.
Pte Chris Gray, aged 19 from Leicester, was killed in action whilst fighting the Taliban.
He was a member of A Company, conducting a clearance patrol in the town of Now Zad in support of the Government of Afghanistan. The patrol was attacked by the Taliban; employing small arms, heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades, mortars and rockets.
As lead elements of the patrol were pinned down by enemy fire, Pte Gray’s Platoon manoeuvred to support their comrades and out-flank the enemy. Pte Gray was the point man in his Platoon – selected for this position as a result of his outstanding soldiering skills.
As they manoeuvred, Pte Gray’s section observed a group of armed Taliban fighters at close range, whom they immediately engaged. A fierce firefight ensued at a range of just 15 metres, during which a number of Taliban were killed.
Tragically, during the battle Pte Gray was shot and despite the best efforts of his colleagues and medical staff was pronounced dead on arrival at the British Hospital at Camp Bastion.
Pte Gray joined the British Army in March 2006 and, having completed training as an infantry soldier at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, he joined the Vikings in September 2006.
He was born in Leicester and attended the Holmfirth School in Huddersfield. Among his many interests he had a love of outdoor life and was a keen snowboarder.
Pte Gray has two younger brothers and a younger sister. He was a former pupil of Ratby Primary and Brookvale High Schools, and later attended Groby Community College, Leicestershire.