The Defence Secretary has confirmed that soldiers from the North West will be among those deploying to Afghanistan in the spring.
A young mother from Warrington has won her fight to prove her fiancé fathered their daughter before he was killed in Afghanistan.
An ex-soldier from Blackburn who lost a medal 13 years ago has had it returned after it was found on sale in an Afghan marketplace.
A British soldier from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, which recruits mostly in the North West, has died following an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.
He was flown to hospital after being injured in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province yesterday but died of his injuries.
His family has been told.
The funeral of a soldier from Cumbria who died after he was shot in Afghanistan will be held today. 23 year old Kingsman David Shaw from Barrow died in hospital in January from his injuries.
Kingsman Shaw was shot when his checkpoint came under attack in of Helmand Province, he was flown home for treatment but sadly died.
David's family said: "David was a much-loved son and brother who was proud to have served his country in the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
"He loved his family and friends and would always make time for a hug for everybody.
A soldier from the 1st Batallion The Duke Of Lancaster's regiment has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.
He was injured by enemy action on Monday while serving in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.
He was flown back to the UK but died today while being treated in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
– Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Chris Boryer
"It is my solemn duty to report the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who has died as a result of wounds sustained whilst on duty in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
The Ministry of Defence says the soldier's family has been informed.
An inquest has heard how a soldier from Runcorn took his own life following a traumatic call to his wife from Afghanistan. Signaller Ian Sartorius-Jones was just 21 when he was found with a single gunshot wound in the radio tower of a British Army base in Helmand province.
Our correspondent Andy Bonner reports:
The family of a soldier who took his own life have paid tribute at an inquest into his death.
"Ian was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He will be sadly missed by us all. He died while serving his country that he loved and was patriotic to the core. A true hero to us all. He will never be forgotten."
Signaller Ian Sartorius-Jones, 21, was found by colleagues at Forward Operating Base Khar Nikar in Helmand province in January. The coroner heard the he had been having marital problems in the months before his death and he has threatened to kill himself.
An inquest has ruled a Runcorn soldier took his own life while the balance of his own mind was disturbed.
Signaller Ian Sartorius-Jones, 21, was found by colleagues at Forward Operating Base Khar Nikar in Helmand province in January. The coroner heard the he had been having marital problems in the months before his death.
They has also heard he was worried about a missing piece of phone equipment which he feared he could be fined for. He was also annoyed he hadn't been promoted at the start of his tour of duty in September 2011.
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