Mourners will gather at the funeral of Corporal Michael John Thacker at Coventry Cathedral later today.
Corporal Thacker, who lived in Keresley in Coventry, was shot while manning an observation post in Afghanistan on June 1st.
He was serving with the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
Corporal Thacker was part of the Fire Support Group and was positioned at Observation post 'Tir' when he was hit by small arms fire.
The 27-year-old leaves behind a wife and two-year-old daughter, father, mother and three brothers.
Speaking after his death, his widow Catherine paid this tribute to him:
Corporal Michael Thacker's brother Matthew, who also serves with The Royal Welsh, also paid this tribute:
Comrades, friends and family will gather for a private service at the Cathedral later today