An inquest is being held into the death of a North East soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Jonathan McKinlay, 33, from Darlington was on patrol in Helmand Province last September when his team came under small arms fire. He died from a gunshot wound. The father of three served with 1st Battalion the Rifles, based in Gloucestershire.
At his funeral, Lance Corporal McKinlay's wife, Lisa, described her husband as "her one in a million."
Senior officers said they had "lost a fantastic battalion character and a highlight accomplished soldier".
The inquest into his death is taking place in Chester le Street.
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