The family of L/Cpl James Ashworth have paid a moving tribute to their son following an inquest at Kettering Magistrates Court.
Mum Kerry said her son had died doing the job he loved.
She said: "James passed away doing a job he loved. At times it was a hard job but he did get to experience new countries, learn new skills and make some wonderful friends.
"James will be forever be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers and we will never get over his passing. But we will stay strong together as a family and along with his friends we will remain positive and celebrate his life at every opportunity as I know that is what he would want us to do."
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Some morning brightness on Boxing Day but cloud increasing, with rain, sleet and snow, spreading in late afternoon. Turning windy.
Starting cold and dry Boxing Day. Wet and windy later.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of rain turning to snow later on Boxing Day in parts of the Anglia region