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Officer 'will be hugely missed'

The family of a British soldier who died in hospital in the UK after being injured in Afghanistan said he would be "hugely missed for the joy he brought into our lives".

Captain Andrew Griffiths, 25, from the 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, after he was wounded in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand province last month.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Defence, the family of Capt Griffiths, who was born in Richmond, North Yorkshire, said: "Andrew was a beloved son, brother and boyfriend who will be hugely missed for the joy he brought into our lives.

"We are immensely proud of him and all that he has achieved in his all too short a life. He died doing a job he loved and excelled at."

A British soldier killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in southern Afghanistan was named by the MoD earlier as Lance Corporal Joseph Pool.

L/Cpl Pool, 26, from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in an explosion in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand on Sunday.


From Belfast Telegraph