The funeral of Corporal Michael John Thacker, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, has been held at Coventry Cathedral this afternoon.

Corporal Thacker, who lived in the Midlands, was part of the Fire Support Group manning Observation Post 'Tir' in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Friday 1 June, when he was hit by small arms fire.

The 27-year-old attended Fairwater High School in Cwmbran, before joining 1st Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers in 2004. He was on his third tour of Afghanistan.

Corporal Thacker leaves behind wife Catherine, two-year-old daughter Millie, father David, mother Alison and brothers Matthew, Mark and Ashley.

In paying tribute to him his family described him as an amazing husband and father. Meanwhile, his Commanding Officer described him as a 'soldier's soldier'.

A larger than life character, highly competent, fiercely loyal and hugely proud of his family. He was mischievous, fun, incredibly amiable and with a grin that would brighten the darkest of days.