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York soldier killed in Afghanistan

York soldier killed in Afghanistan

5:52am 12th July 2010
(Updated 5:39am 14th July 2010)

The family of a  York soldier killed in Afghanistan say they're immensely proud of him

Marine David Hart was serving as part of Combined Force Sangin and was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province.

He was born in York, was 23 years old and lived with his family in Upper Poppleton. David died on the eve of his  24th Brithday.

He joined recruit training in February 2009, and stood out as one of the top recruits and in recognition of this was awarded his Diamond. He passed out for duty as a Royal Marines Commando on 16 October 2009, when he was awarded The Commando Medal. The Commando Medal is awarded to the man who, throughout training, shows, to an outstanding degree, the qualities of the Commando Spirit. These are defined as: Determination, Courage, Cheerfulness and Unselfishness.

His Mum and Dad - Dilys and Chris - have said 

"David loved his family, his girlfriend and friends, many that he has known since early age.

"Throughout his life David showed the qualities of the Commando Spirit, he had a great personality and was a friend to everyone.

"His cheerfulness, his sense of humour and of course his smile will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. We are immensely proud, as he was, of his achievements."

His sister Sarah has also paid tribute to the 'best brother I could ever have wished for'

"He was caring, funny, had an infamous cheeky grin and would always be there for you.

"I am so proud to have been his sister, and of his chosen career as a Royal Marines Commando.

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