Killed soldier 'a cracking lad'
The family of the 100th British member of the Armed Forces to die this year after being deployed to Afghanistan has described him as a "cracking lad".
Christopher Davies, 22 from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, died from a gunshot wound received during an ambush by insurgents on Wednesday in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
The family of Guardsman Davies, who was from St Helens, said: "We are very proud of Christopher and all that he achieved. One of the last things that he told us was that he wanted to specialise within the Army - he was very focused on his job and enjoyed the work, his comrades and the lifestyle.
"Christopher was a cracking lad. His friends in the Army have told us that whenever they felt down he would cheer them up, often by singing.
"We will always love Christopher. He had an invincible personality and we will miss him so much. There is a big hole in our lives."
Paying tribute, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Ghika, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, said: "Guardsman Christopher Davies had been in the Micks for less than two years, but in a short space of time he forged a legendary reputation.
"Quiet and unassuming by nature, he had a deep military talent which shone out from his first day in the Battalion."
Major Alex Turner, Officer Commanding No 2 Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, added: "If a soldier's wealth be honour, Guardsman Chris Davies enjoyed an embarrassment of riches. A friend to all, he was imbued with selflessness, loyalty and the cheery stoicism that has been the mark of British infantrymen for centuries."
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of Guardsman Christopher Davies, who was a popular soldier with a bright career ahead of him."
Mr Davies' brother, Guardsman John Davies, 21, serves in the same battalion.