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.
"Adam was a loving son, fiance and friend who touched everyone's hearts that came into contact with him. His passion for cars and anything with an engine made him a true petrolhead through and through.
"As a son he was full of life and always the joker of the family, who never took anything too seriously. He loved his job and the friends he made from his time in the Army, and he would never have swapped those experiences for the world."
"He treated his fiancee, Emma, like his princess and the love they shared was clear to all of those who were lucky enough to see it. To be his wife would have made Emma feel like the luckiest girl in the world and they were each other's one true love and soulmates.
"Adam touched the hearts of all of us who were lucky to know him and not a day will go by where he is not in our thoughts and hearts. He will be sorely missed by family and friends and forever loved by all. Rest in peace son."
– Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies RE, Commanding Officer 32 Engineer Regiment
"Quietly determined and utterly dedicated, Sapper Adam Moralee was an outstanding soldier.
"His dry wit and his commitment to the team, be it on operations or the football field, have made him a well-known, trusted member of his troop, his squadron and the regiment.
"We will eternally remember him as the dedicated professional and likeable sapper that he was."