Barrow soldier killed in Afghanistan would 'make time for everybody'

Kingsman David Robert Shaw

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.