Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps, who was shot dead on patrol in Afghanistan, is due to be repatriated today.
He will return via RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and his funeral cortege will pass by a special memorial garden on the way to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
The 22 year old, who worked as an intelligence analyst, had already been selected for promotion but was shot dead on October 15 when his patrol was attacked in the area of Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah.
Despite receiving immediate medical attention, L/Cpl Brynin, known as Jay, died from his injuries at the scene.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Hywel Lewis MBE, said:
A fantastic soldier has tragically died defending his comrades. He was the brightest and the best. Those who served alongside him were privileged and feel his loss most deeply. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.
A British soldier has been killed in enemy fire while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.
The "fantastic" soldier, from 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), attached to the Task Force Helmand Brigade Reconnaissance Force, died while on patrol in Helmand Province, the MoD said.
The death takes to 445 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 and is the seventh this year.
It is the first UK death in Afghanistan since Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint, and Private Robert Hetherington died when their Mastiff armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on a routine patrol on April 30.