A British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Alex Guy, 37, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.
Cpl Guy died during an operation targeting insurgents in Afghanistan.
The 37-year-old was killed while leading his section to assist a group of Afghan soldiers pinned down by enemy fire during an insurgent ambush in Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province.
His wife Emma, who he married in 2006 said:
Cpl Guy, from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, had been in the army for 19 years and served on eight operational tours including Bosnia, Iraq, three of Northern Ireland and three of Afghanistan.
He had been recently selected for promotion to the rank of Sergeant.
Along with his wife, Cpl Guy leaves his mother and father, Aileen and Andrew, and sisters Rebecca and Martha.
His mother said Cpl Guy was born into a military family who were stationed at RAF Coltishall.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aston MC, commanding officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, hailed his "courage, selfless commitment and professionalism".
Cpl Guy enlisted in the Army when he was 18 and was quickly identified as a talented young leader and promoted to Lance Corporal in 1995.
In 2000 he was selected for training as a specialist in the Anti-Tank Platoon and was promoted to corporal in 2003.
He later worked as an Army recruiter before returning to the Battalion in 2010 to begin preparations for deployment to Afghanistan where his section was attached to B Company of the Estonian Scouts Battalion, part of the 1 Royal Anglian Battlegroup.