It is with great sadness that the club has to report that Lance Corporal James Brynin, of the Intelligence Corps, was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan, yesterday.
Brynin, from Shoreham-by-Sea and a keen Albion fan, was attached to the 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), and deployed to Task Force Helmand in August.
Towards the end of an operation yesterday, his section became the target of enemy fire. Together with a sniper and machine gunner, James returned fire, but while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound.
The 22-year-old joined the Army in February 2011 and his 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 of 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), added:
“Bright and engaging, Lance Corporal Brynin was immensely popular and an outstanding soldier in every respect. Having already completed one 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 & Hove Albion FC, 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.”
Everyone connected with Brighton & Hove Albion also extend their thoughts and prayers to James’s family and friends at this very sad time.