A British soldier killed by an explosion while on foot patrol in Afghanistan on Sunday has been named as Lance Corporal Daniel Cooper, 21, from Hereford, of 3rd Battalion, The Rifles.
He died from wounds received in a blast near Sangin in Helmand province.
His parents, Karl and Caroline Cooper, said in a statement: "A caring son, brother and partner. He was not just a brother but a best friend who will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Daniel, we were proud to be your parents from the day you were born."
L/Cpl Cooper went to Whitecross High School before joining the Army and deploying to Afghanistan in October last year. The fitness fanatic wanted to become a physical training instructor.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, Commanding Officer 3 Rifles Battle Group, said: "Lance Corporal Daniel Cooper was one of the great characters of the Battalion; his sense of humour and zest for life were topped only by his ability and determination.
"The consummate soldier, he was the complete package; fit, bright and dedicated to his work.
"Ever cheerful and irrepressibly positive, he shone as an example to the more junior Riflemen on how to act and what to aim for."