Rawmarsh soldier’s inquest - witnesses speak out

SOLDIERS who witnessed the explosion that claimed the life of a Rawmarsh Dragoon Guard in Afghanistan, relived the horrific experience at a Rotherham inquest this week.

Trooper James Leverett, 20, of St Nicolas Road, died from blast injuries after his Viking vehicle triggered a huge IED.

Driver James lost his helmet and outer body armour in the force of the blast from the bomb in Helmand province. District coroner Nicola Mundy said the device was likely to have been hidden in the ‘crusty’ ground for some time.

James was part of a relief unit and was the third in a convoy of three Vikings on July 5, 2010, when the explosion occurred.

Read the full account of the inquest in this week’s South Yorkshire Times, on sale from February 9.