Tributes have been paid to Captain Rupert Bowers, who was killed yesterday.
His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Marks, said he had the heart of a lion.
He was Mentioned in Dispatches and wounded in action in three tours of duty.
Col Marks said:
"The bravest of the brave, he died as he lived, leading from the front in the face of the enemy.
Rupert was fun to be around all the time and I enjoyed his company very much.
We talked for hours about his love of piano music and he always made me feel happy because he was such a sincere and fun-loving person.
His brother officers loved him dearly and we will remember him for his infectious smile and wicked sense of humour.
You will live in our hearts forever and we will never forget you.”
The body of a soldier from the Midlands who was killed in Afghanistan last week, has been repatriated to RAF Brize Norton.
Captain Bowers, from Wolverhampton, was in The Mercian Regiment. He was leading a patrol when an improvised explosive device exploded.