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Awesome' soldier dies in crash

PUBLISHED: 15:09 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

A POPULAR soldier died alongside two comrades in a car crash near his barracks in Wales.

A POPULAR soldier died alongside two comrades in a car crash near his barracks in Wales.

Corporal James Luton, 24, from Belvedere, was believed to have been returning to his base in Pembrokeshire after watching Wales beat England 23-15 on Saturday.

Mr Luton, who served in Afghanistan and is described by friends as the "ultimate ladies man", joined the army in 2002 and served with the Royal Signals Regiment's Electronic Warfare unit.

One of Mr Luton's close friends, Lance Corporal Gaz Magee, said: "Just being in the same room as Jimmy would put a smile on your face. He was an awesome mate and will be dearly missed by all his friends. Never forgotten."

The super-fit soldier served in Afghanistan's Helmland province supporting 16 Air Assault Brigade and also served in Northern Ireland. He underwent the arduous All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection Course known as P-Company and also gained his parachute wings. His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Carmichael, said: "He had only recently returned from Helmand Province, where he served with distinction fighting the Taliban."

More than 300 people joined a Facebook group commemorating the soldier's life within hours of the tragedy emerging.

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