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A Catterick solider is laid to rest...

A Catterick solider is laid to rest...

8:18am 1st September 2010
(Updated 5:23pm 1st September 2010)

The funeral of a Catterick based soldier killed in Afghanistan will be held this afternoon.

Sapper Darren Foster, from Carlisle, died from gunshot wounds last month.

The 20-year-old from 21 Engineer Regiment had been in the country for only three weeks.

His family says he'll be sorely missed...

In a joint statement, the family said:

"He was a loving son, grandson and brother who will be sorely missed for his crazy flamboyant lifestyle. His only aim was to serve in the Army, for which he made us all proud."

Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton-Knight Royal Engineers, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment Group, said:

"Sapper Darren Foster was a young soldier with a great deal of promise. From the moment he arrived in the Regiment he was pushing to get out to Afghanistan as soon as he could. He arrived full of energy, itching to join his fellow Sappers and was quickly in the thick of it in Sangin.

"He loved soldiering and was fiercely proud of being a Sapper.

"He was never one to shy away from work or to leave a task half done; his section knew it and they loved him for it. He was a soldier you could rely on and one we could all trust. He was with the Regiment for just three months and in Afghanistan for just three weeks, but in that time he made his mark.

"His motivation, professionalism and his pride marked him out. He died doing a job he loved and whilst defending his friends. We have lost a good man and as a regiment our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, girlfriend and his many friends."

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