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Soldier expecting first child

Private Daniel Wade Credit: Ministry of Defence

A young soldier killed in Afghanistan had been expecting his first child. Friends of Private Daniel Wade, 20, said he had been "really excited" at the prospect of becoming a father with his girlfriend, Emma.

Friend Lewis Dixon, 20, said: "Daniel was a cadet, the Army was his dream. I saw him in town ... he was talking to me, saying his girlfriend was pregnant. She is having a girl. He was really excited. He was happy, really excited about it, it seemed he could not wait to get back."

Private Daniel Wade Credit: Ministry of Defence

Mr Dixon, a former soldier himself before being medically discharged, added: "In the Army you are not just a soldier, you are a band of brothers. It has hit a lot of people massively. He was popular and lovable - you couldn't speak to him without a smile on your face. He's done his duty."

Mr Dixon laid flowers outside Pte Wade's home, stood to attention, saluted and walked away in tears.

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