A British soldier who died in hospital in the UK after being shot in Afghanistan last month has been remembered as a fun-loving soldier with the "heart of a lion".
Kingsman Darren Deady, 22, from Bolton, Lancashire, suffered a gunshot wound in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province on August 23.
The soldier, from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, on Friday.
The number of British losses since the conflict in Afghanistan began in 2001 now stands at 335.
Born into a large Lancastrian family, Kingsman Deady joined the Army in October 2008 after leaving school at 16.
On the day he was wounded, he and his comrades were protecting a "vital location" when they came under fire, according to the MoD.
His friends gave him first aid and he was evacuated to hospital at Camp Bastion before being flown to Birmingham.
Kingsman Deady's family, who were at his bedside when he died, thanked medics and others for their support through "these difficult times".
"We lost a wonderful son, brother, uncle, grandson and friend; he is going to be missed by all," they said in a statement. "At this moment we are experiencing the hardest times of our life.
"Darren was proud to do a job that he loved and most of all believed in, his little brother once turned round to him and asked him: why do you fight? and Darren simply replied; 'To make a difference'."