Bristol soldier Lt Andrew Chesterman 'unlawfully killed'

Lt Andrew Chesterman Lt Chesterman lived in the Stoke Bishop area of Bristol

A soldier shot dead by insurgents as he led a patrol in Afghanistan was unlawfully killed, an inquest has found.

Lt Andrew Chesterman, 26, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died on 9 August 2012 when a vehicle in his group was hit by a roadside bomb.

Lt Chesterman, from Bristol, was shot in the bombing aftermath in Nad-e Ali district, Helmand province.

His father Paul Chesterman said: "Our pride in Andrew is immense."

He added: "And today it's just further cemented in our hearts. It's been an opportunity to say thank you to all the dozens of soldiers who were involved in Andrew's emergency evacuation.

"Having received the gunshot wound, they had to get him out, had to get him to Camp Bastion.

"They all did immensely well to try to save his life but sadly that was not to be," Mr Chesterman said.

His funeral took place at Bristol Cathedral in September last year and was attended by hundreds of mourners.

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