The family of Lance Corporal David Wilson, who was found dead at his army base in Iraq in 2008, have released a statement saying that he had been "fulfilling his lifelong ambition to be a soldier."
The 27-year-old grew up in County Durham and had been in the army for five years.
An inquest into his death is taking place in Crook today.
Read the full statement below:
"David was a loving and devoted family man who was the light of Michelle's life. The recent gift of their beautiful baby daughter had made his world complete.
"David wore his uniform with pride and was fulfilling his lifelong ambition to be a soldier.
"The family are extremely proud of him and our world will be a much sadder place without him. Words cannot express how much he was dearly loved."
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