A soldier who died from wounds suffered in a shooting incident in Afghanistan has been described by his family as their "guardian angel" and "hero".
Captain James Townley, 29, from the Corps of Royal Engineers, died in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan from wounds sustained while serving at forward operating base Shawqat on Friday.
In a statement, his family said:
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of the death of Captain Townley.
"I understand that he was an immensely talented and intelligent officer with a flourishing military career who was dedicated to supporting those around him.
"My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."
Captain Townley was described as "an exceptional officer" by Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment:
Captain Ash Greenwood, Operations Officer, 4 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment, said: