A British soldier killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan was a "fantastic" and "loving" husband and father, his wife has said.
Sergeant Peter Rayner, 34, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died while on a patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
The serviceman, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was born into a military family and in 1994 he joined the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Royal Border Regiment, in which his father - also called Peter - served for most of his Army career.
He had previously served in Bosnia and Iraq and died during a second tour of Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, according to the MoD.
His wife Wendy said: "Fantastic loving husband and father, son, son-in-law, brother and brother-in-law, who loved his job and doing something which he believed in. He will be sincerely missed by all who knew him."
As well as his wife and son Derek, Sgt Rayner leaves his parents Peter and Bernadette.
They said Sgt Rayner was an "avid" Bradford city supporter, adding: "A keen mountain biker he was always full of energy and was someone who enjoyed life to the full. As a soldier he loved his job and was totally committed to the Army, as well as his family and friends. As a son and brother, he was a fun loving and caring person of whom we are all very proud. We loved him so dearly and will miss him with all our hearts."
Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Boyd, Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, said: "He was honest, loyal and always vocal. A true Lion of England and a man of high morals, guts and integrity. A man who cared not just for the morale of his soldiers, but in how that morale was created.
"A man with great spirit and forthrightness, who was as true as his aim was with a Javelin Missile. He never let me down; always telling me the truth, always presenting a fresh opinion, always diplomatic and always underpinning our chats with his fine sense of humour.
"My heart bleeds for Wendy and Derek who are strong members of our Regimental family based in Cyprus and I know they will be supported by their many friends there. Their pain is ours and their loss is shared by us all, be it here in Afghanistan or in Cyprus."