– Guardsman Roland's family
“Michael was a loving and caring son loved by his huge extended family and friends who are devastated by their loss. We are still coming to terms with losing him. Michael always wanted to join the Army and was so proud to be part of Queen’s Company Grenadier Guards. Michael loved us all so much; with us he was not big and tough just gentle. We will miss him so much.”
The body of Guardsman Michael Roland is due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton later.
The 22 year old from Worthing in West Sussex was shot on patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province and died later of of his injuries.
The father of twins had been in Afghanistan for less than 4 weeks.