Shortly after his death a colleague of Sergeant Luke Taylor said:
"Luke was the kind of guy you wanted next to you - regardless of the situation, he was a cool head and a source of endless banter. I never saw him fazed; he just seemed to "crack on" and many a time dragged those around with him!
"He had one of those infectious charismas, always able to talk himself out of a situation. For me, like so many, Luke was simply an inspiration. Completely dedicated and loyal to his family, you could just feel the warmth when he spoke of them."
Inquests are due to begin today into the deaths of two British soldiers killed after a man wearing an Afghan military uniform opened fire. Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley died in March in Lashkar Gah.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond told the House of Commons that details of the incident, which occurred at the British HQ in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, were still emerging and next of kin were being informed.
He said: "Our thoughts, as ever, are with their families, for whom this will be a deeply personal tragedy.
"Details of the incident are still emerging but it appears that a member of the Afghan National Army opened fire at the entrance gate to the British headquarters in Lashkar Gah city, killing the two British service personnel.