We are intensely shocked, distressed and saddened after losing our hero Connor Ray, who died as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan. We are all tremendously proud of Connor.
Connor was part of Britain’s engineer search unit – 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD); he was critically hurt last Wednesday, the eve of his 21st birthday.
He loved his time in the Army and made great friends.
Connor was a hero to all of his family and friends; brother Vinnie (21), sisters Hollie (17) and Bonnie (16), Aunty Eileen, stepfather Steve, grandparents Leo and Linda, Keith and Sue, girlfriend Hollie, and all of his good friends and family will miss him terribly.
In heaven with his mum now, we will always remember his love of life, his sense of humour and cherish the short time he had to touch our lives.
We would like to thank everybody for their kind words, love and support at this tragic time.
Sapper Connor Ray died in a Birmingham hospital. He had been flown home after being seriously injured on the eve of his 21st birthday.
The family of a Welsh soldier who has died after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan say that they were "tremendously proud" of him.