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The body of a soldier from Ryton who died in Afghanistan has been been flown back to Britain. Sapper Adam Moralee, who joined the Royal Engineers when he left school at 17, leaves behind fiancee Emma and parents Lynn and Darren.
At the time of his death, his family paid tribute to the soldier, who they said "touched the hearts" of all who knew him.
The body of a soldier from Newcastle who died in Afghanistan has been been flown back to Britain. Sapper Adam Moralee, 23, was killed while working with plant equipment at Camp Bastion.
Soldiers lined the street and saluted in tribute as his cortege passed through the Memorial Garden in Carterton, Oxfordshire.
Sapper Moralee had been deployed to Afghanistan with the 32 Engineer Regiment last September. He joined the Royal Engineers when he left school at 17, leaves behind fiancee Emma and parents Lynn and Darren.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond released a tribute to Sapper Adam Moralee, from Newcastle, who is the first soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in 2014.
He said: "It is clear from the tributes paid to Sapper Moralee that he was a determined and respected soldier who was good-humoured, trustworthy and considerate.
"His untimely death is a tragedy and my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, fiancee and friends at this difficult time."
Commenting on the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan, the Commanding Officer of 32 Engineer Regiment Group, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies, said:
"The tragic death of this committed and professional sapper has hit the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group hard; the Corps has lost a rising star, and his Squadron has lost a respected comrade and friend.
"At this most difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
The serviceman's next of kin have been informed.
The parents of a soldier from Newcastle who has died in Afghanistan said he was full of life, the joker of the family, and he treated his fiancee, Emma, like a princess.
Sapper Adam Moralee was 23. His parents, Lynn and Darren, said he would not have swapped his time in the Army for the world.
A soldier from Newcastle has been killed in Afghanistan. Sapper Adam Moralee was serving with 32 Engineer Regiment at Camp Bastion. He was preparing equipmnt for redeployment out of Afghanistan.
He leaves behind a fiancee.
In a statement issued through the MoD, this family described him as "full of life and always the joker of the family".
A soldier killed in Afghanistan yesterday has been named as Sapper Adam Moralee, 23, from Newcastle.
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Mourners lined the streets of Carterton, Oxfordshire, as the body of Sapper Adam Moralee, from Newcastle, was brought back to the UK.
Sapper Adam Moralee, 23, was a committed Newcastle United fan and a loving son, who was due to be married.