A book of condolence will open today for Corporal Channing Day who was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Hundreds of people are expected to pay tribute to the 25-year-old army medic, who died alongside Corporal David O'Connor after they were both injured on patrol with C Company in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Wednesday.
The book of condolence will be in St Mary's Church in the army medic's home town of Comber, near Newtownards, in Co Down.
The Mayor of Ards, Alderman Hamilton Gregory, said the people of Comber felt an enormous sadness at the terrible loss which the Day family had suffered and wished to show their sympathy and support.
Tributes have been paid to Channing Day, a medic with 3 Medical Regiment, who was killed on patrol in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
It is still not clear exactly what happened. But a young woman is dead and a young Marine from 40 Commando has died beside her.