Jabron Hashmi, 24, tragically died following a firefight in Sangin, Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on Saturday, 1st July, 2006. Peter Thorpe also died in the same firefight and four others were also wounded.
Jabron Hashmi was a Lance Corporal in the Intelligence Corps and was part of a signals unit attached to 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment Battle Group
Lance Corporal Hashmi was born on the 23rd April 1982 and lived in Birmingham.
Lance Corporal Hashmi joined the Army in June 2004 and completed his trade training at the Army Training Centre Winchester and his intelligence training at Chicksands, Bedfordshire. He was posted to the Royal Signals in January 2006 and immediately made his mark on the Troop. His extraordinary determination, sense of duty and desire to learn was infectious and he threw himself into preparations for his deployment to Afghanistan.
His Commanding Officer said
"Enthusiastic, confident and immensely popular, Lance Corporal Hashmi displayed all the qualities of a first class soldier. His enthusiasm for the role he had been given was simply outstanding. He was brimming with confidence and hugely keen to take part in all the training prior to the operation.
"Once deployed in Helmand Province, his skills proved vital in support of the 3 PARA Battlegroup, providing protection for his comrades in the highly demanding working conditions of Southern Afghanistan. A fine young man, his sad loss and that of Corporal Thorpe will be felt by us all."