Tell my Mrs I love her: shot soldier
Tell my Mrs I love her: shot soldier

A British soldier on sentry duty shot 12 times in an Afghanistan gun battle pleaded with a battlefield medic to "tell my Mrs and baby I love them".

Grenadier Guardsman Karl Whittle, 22, initially survived the attack in which insurgents on motorbikes rode into a compound with guns hidden in their robes.

He died in hospital three weeks after the attack.

Guardsman Whittle was on sentry duty in Helmand province at the time of the attack on August 14, 2012.

As he lay injured, Guardsman Whittle asked his colleagues in Nahr-e Saraj to send his love to his fiancee Zoe Falim and new-born daughter Grace, the MailOnline reports.

Zoe Salim with her daughter Grace Whittle. Photo: Supplied.

Major Piers Ashfield told an inquest in Britain that the attackers "pulled out weapons and engaged the sentry from one or two metres away.'

He told the hearing that the soldier said: "I’m going to die, I’m going to die, tell my Mrs and baby I love them."

According to Lance Corporal Ashley Hendy, Guardsman Whittle said: "I didn’t even fire my weapon. I couldn’t see them.

"They just popped up from the tree line in front of me."

Tony Reuben, a former lance corporal serving with Guardsman Whittle, broke down in tears.

"He was just saying 'I’m going to die, I’m going to die'."

A post-mortem examination found the soldier was shot at least 12 times.

Guardsman Whittle was eventually transferred to a hospital in Britain but died on September 7.

Major Ashfield said his long battle to survive was "testament to his fitness and stamina", the MailOnline reported.

He died from multiple organ failure, hypothermia and multiple gunshot wounds.

Guardsman Whittle's mother, Julie Cogzell, said: "The whole family, including his fiancee and daughter are incredibly proud of him.

"The fact that he survived for so long after being shot 12 times shows just how strong he was."

Guardsman Whittle's fiancee described him as the perfect partner and father who doted on his newborn 'little princess'.


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