Sergeant Nigel Coupe was quite simply an outstanding soldier who epitomised all that a sergeant from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment should be."Professional, courageous and utterly dedicated to his job, he was highly regarded by all who worked with him.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe has been praised as a fiercely dedicated soldier but also a man devoted to his wife and "two little princesses".
Tributes are being paid to North West soldiers killed along with four others in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Military strategy in Afghanistan will not change despite the deaths of a soldier from the Duke of Lancaster's regiment and 5 others.