A soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday has been named as 20-year-old Guardsman Jamie Shadrake from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.
A statement on the Ministry of Defence website said he died of gunshot wounds when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
His next of kin has been informed.
His relatives have released a statement saying they are "devastated" by the news, but that they are proud that he died "doing the job that he loved".
Guardsman Shadrake was born in West Bromwich, he joined the Army at the age of 17 and initially served in the Nijmegen Company, Grenadier Guards in London conducting public duties at the Royal Palaces and state ceremonial tasks.
In April 2010, he moved to 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards in Aldershot, joining his elder brother in The Queen's Company.
After impressing officers during a training exercise in 2011, he was moved to the Battalion's elite Reconnaissance Platoon.
He deployed with the Platoon to Afghanistan on his first operational tour the same year.
His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Bowder MBE, described him as an "extraordinary young man".
Guardsman Shadrake's Platoon Commander, Captain Mike Dobbin, said that he "spent his operational tour conducting many dangerous missions" and that he had "risen to every challenge with his usual bright spirit".
He leaves behind his parents Cathryn and Philip; brothers Carl, Kieran and Shane; and sister Kerry-Anne.
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