Memorial rugby match set for Monmouth soldier
7:20pm Tuesday 8th February 2011

A CHARITY rugby match in memory of a Monmouth soldier killed in Afghanistan almost two years ago is set to take place this weekend.

Rifleman Jamie Gunn, of Drybridge Street, Monmouth, died while on duty with 1st Battalion, The Rifles, in the Gereshk District of Helmand Province on February 25, 2009.

Now his family are organising a rugby match between Monmouth RFC and 1st Battalion The Rifles, at Chippenham Sports Ground in Monmouth on Saturday.

Rifleman Gunn’s mother, Janet Gunn said: “It’s hard to believe it’s nearly two years since my son was killed by an IED in Afghanistan. In many ways, it seems a lifetime ago, but it also feels like it was yesterday. Our lives changed completely and forever when he went.

“Never an hours goes by when I don’t think of my lovely boy. But life goes on , it has to. And I get such pleasure from seeing Jamie’s memory live on with his family and friends, especially if we can raise a bit of money at the same time.”

There will be collections for the ABF – The Soldiers Charity, and The Rifles Charity. Kick off is 12.30pm.