Soldier dies in hospital after 2012 Aghanistan shooting
A soldier has died in a Birmingham hospital from wounds suffered more than three years ago in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Michael Campbell, from 3 Royal Welsh, died from his injuries on Thursday after being shot in the stomach while on patrol in Afghanistan in April 2012.
Tributes were paid to the "true Welsh Warrior" who was a "loyal friend" and "dedicated" soldier.
"LCpl Campbell epitomised everything a Reservist in 3 R WELSH should be; dedicated, professional and willing to volunteer on operations wherever he was required; a true Welsh Warrior," the Ministry of Defence said.
"The Battalion has lost a charismatic and loyal friend and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Chrissie and his wider family at this very difficult time."
LCpl Campbell, 32, from Colwyn Bay, was struck by a single round to the stomach while crossing a road, having been confronted by "accurate, heavy and sustained enemy fire".
He engaged the enemy in a firing position - drawing fire on to himself so that the remainder of his comrades could cross an open and exposed area to get into better cover, the MoD said.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon led tributes to the soldier. Mr Fallon said: "Proud and professional, he epitomised the ethos of the Army Reservist and he had completed numerous tours duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"It is particularly tragic that Michael Campbell should die of wounds after such a period of time and I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones at this sad time."
LCpl Campbell enlisted into the Army Reserves in April 2002 and joined D Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh in Colwyn Bay. He was mobilised in October 2011 to deploy with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh, as a platoon radio operator.
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) S Webb said LCpl Campbell was an "outstanding soldier".
"Everyone who served alongside LCpl Campbell in Afghanistan in 2012 will be devastated to learn of his passing. He joined the battalion during our pre-deployment training and fitted seamlessly into his platoon and company.
"He was an outstanding soldier and very talented junior commander: skilful, determined, measured and very courageous, he set an excellent example to those around him. It is tragic that he has died three years after his initial wounding and the thoughts and prayers of all of us are with his family at this most difficult time."
Major C Carver said LCpl Campbell had a "true passion" for his job.
"LCpl Campbell was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan having completed a number of tours with the Regiment before deploying in 2012. He was a superb example of a R WELSH Reservist, demonstrating true passion for his job.
"He was deeply committed and keen to show the strengths he could bring to his Platoon. Although he specialised in communications he was able to fulfil any role within the Platoon to which he was attached and proved himself to be a very valuable asset; in short he was an outstanding soldier."
He added: "Our loss is nothing compared to that of his wife and family."