A Wirral soldier who battled Afghan insurgents despite having a broken back has been awarded one of the highest honours for gallantry.
A former soldier from Preston, Lancashire, has received the only service medal he was entitled to … 42 years late
An inquest has heard a soldier from Runcorn threatened to kill himself shortly before he was found dead at an army base in Afghanistan.
Tributes have been paid to a soldier from Barrow-in-Furness who died in hospital after being wounded in Afghanistan. The family of Kingsman David Robert Shaw described him as someone who would "make time for a hug for everybody".
The 23 year old, from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was shot when his checkpoint came under attack from insurgents in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province on Monday. He was flown back to the UK for treatment but died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
His family paid tribute saying: "He will be missed and never forgotten."
In a statement issued through the Ministry of Defence (MoD), his 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.
"He enjoyed playing football, running and was an Arsenal fan. He also followed his local team, Barrow AFC.
"He has touched many lives. He will be missed and never forgotten."
Kingsman Shaw, who joined the army in February 2008, is the second British serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan this year.
His death takes to 440 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
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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A soldier from Lancashire has defied medical experts by learning to walk again.
Kingsman Anthony Cooper from Euxton near Chorley, was so badly injured in a bomb blast while serving on the front line in Afghanistan, that his family was told there was little hope of him surviving.
But his recovery has been so swift that he's now learning to walk again with new prosthetic legs...as Ralph Blunsom reports.