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The family of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan have said how proud they were of him and how he "touched the lives of everyone who knew him".

Marine James Wright, 22, from Weymouth, Dorset, died in hospital after a grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

His family and colleagues praised his courage and bravery.

His father David said: "James was so proud to be a Royal Marine and we are so proud of him. He was determined to be the best."

His mother Sallie added: "He was always smiling with a wonderful sense of humour. James never had a bad word to say about anyone and was so kind and considerate."

The couple added: "James loved his family and was as proud of us as we are of him. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him."

Marine Wright's partner Shelley is expecting their baby.

Lieutenant Colonel Ewen Murchison, MBE, Royal Marines, Commanding Officer, 42 Commando Royal Marines, said: "Marine James Wright was an impressive young man with an insatiable appetite for life.

"A spirited and passionate character, he loved his job, his fellow Marines and his family and leaves behind a massive void in the lives of all those who knew him. An extremely bright prospect, he was renowned for his cheerfulness, no matter how dire the situation, and indefatigable loyalty and commitment to his profession."

He said the marine had spent the past four months in an "austere combat outpost" in Afghanistan.

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