Death soldier so close to survival
A SOLDIER died during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan when a bullet missed the protective plate of his body armour by just over a centimetre.
Private Matthew Haseldin, 21, from Settle, north Yorkshire, had only been in the Army for a few months when he was shot dead in Helmand province last November.
Coroner Rob Turnbull said: “He was killed by one single shot which had entered his chest.
“The bullet had penetrated the filler of his protective armour, missing the plates which could otherwise have saved his life.”