Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Major's Widow Weeps at Inquest

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Major's Widow Weeps at Inquest

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A WIDOW wept yesterday as she heard how a roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed her Army officer husband.

Major Alexis Roberts, Prince William's former Sandhurst platoon commander, died instantly when a device hidden in a road was detonated as his Pinzgauer Vector vehicle passed over it, an inquest heard.

The 32-year-old Royal Gurkha Rifles officer from Kent, who was killed on October 4 last year, is survived by his wife, Susie, and their two daughters.

Maj Roberts, known as Lex, was commanding a 30-vehicle convoy, which left Camp Bastion bound for Kandahar Airfield, when the blast hit in a built-up area, blowing his vehicle into the air and leaving a 4ft-deep crater.

Wiltshire coroner David Masters said: "Major Roberts took the full force of that explosion and must have died instantly."

A 300-metre command wire leading to the blast site was later found concealed in a crack in the road. The explosive device had been packed into a cooking pot and embedded in the road, the hearing at Trowbridge town hall was told. …

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