Death sol­dier so close to sur­vival

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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.”

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