Lieutenant Colonel Shon Hackney, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh, paid tribute to Corporal Simon Daw as "an absolutely outstanding soldier" and "a true leader of men."
The funeral of a Welsh soldier, who had returned from his fourth tour in Afghanistan and died on holiday in France, has been held in Cardiff.
Corporal Simon Daw, who was 26 and from the city, served with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.
He went missing in February, whilst on a snowboarding holiday with friends at the resort Les Deux Alpes.
His body was found in April.
The funeral of Corporal Simon Christopher Daw will be held in Cardiff this afternoon.
The soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh, died whilst on a snow-boarding holiday with two of his friends after retuning from his fourth tour of Afghanistan.
The 26 year old, from Cardiff, went missing after a night out in Les Deux Alps in February. His body was found in the countryside just outside this resort in April.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made two changes for Saturday's 6 Nations clash against Wales in Paris.
Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud replaces Florian Fritz, while Bastareaud's club colleague Jocelino Suta takes over from injured captain Pascal Pape in the second row.