A Middlesbrough man has been named as one of two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Friday morning.
Corporal Andrew Steven Roberts, who was a father of three, died after an explosive device, probably a mortar or rocket, was fired into his base in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province. Corporal Roberts was fatally wounded, as was another soldier from the Regiment.
Corporal Roberts was 32 years old and was born in Middlesbrough. He joined the Army in 1998 and had been serving as a Section Commander in 23 Pioneer Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps based in Bicester, Oxfordshire since 2008. He had served on operations in Bosnia and Iraq and this was his second tour of Afghanistan.
He leaves behind his parents, Pauline and Stephen, his girlfriend, Paula Ewers, three children Jessica (6), Kyle (5) and Kayla (3) and his brothers and sisters, Tracey, Mark, Darren, Michael and Emma.
Corporal Roberts deployed to Afghanistan in March to command an Advanced Search Team in the Operations Squadron of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Task Force.
Last month he moved to the Nahr-e-Saraj district to support the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.
He was responsible for leading his men in the search for deadly Improvised Explosive Devices, saving lives by finding the IEDs before they could be triggered by other troops or Afghan civilians.
Corporal Roberts, who was described by the Ministry of Defence as a 'larger than life character, was a keen sportsman and a highly regarded Physical Training Instructor. He was a keen supporter of Middlesborough FC.
Corporal Roberts' colleagues paid tribute to him