Friends and family have been paying tribute to Sapper Mark Smith, from Kent, following an inquest into his death. Captain Douglas Brain was with him when he was hit by a mortar shell.
The family of Sapper Mark Smith, who was killed in a 'friendly fire' incident in Afghanistan when a mortar shell fell short of its target, has told ITV Meridian that they believe his death was 'preventable' and that the Ministry of Defence's investigation into the incident was 'flawed'.
Sapper Smith served with 36 Engineers in Kent.
A coroner has called for a statutory inquiry into 'systematic failures' in the investigation of the death of a British soldier killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
Sapper Mark Anthony Smith from Kent, died in the Helmand province in 2010 after a smoke screen shell fell 264 metres from its target.
The inquest at Old Town Hall in Gravesend heard that the investigation into the death of the 26-year-old suffered from missing evidence and incomplete documentation.
Coroner Roger Hatch said it was "unsatisfactory" and he would be reporting the matter to the Ministry of Defence.
There was no one factor that caused the shortfall, but a "number of possibilities or combination of factors", the coroner said.
Sapper Smith, from 36 Engineer Regiment, was serving with the Counter Improvised Explosive Device task-force when he was caught in the blast.