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British Soldier Who Died From Wounds Named
A British soldier who died in hospital from wounds suffered in combat in Afghanistan has been named.
The Ministry of Defence said Kingsman David Robert Shaw, from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on January 16.
Kingsman Shaw sustained a gun shot wound when his checkpoint came under attack from insurgents in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province on January 14.
The 23-year-old was from Barrow-in-Furness and joined the Army in February, 2008.
Kingsman Shaw, a qualified sharpshooter and an assault pioneer, died on his second deployment to Afghanistan.
His family said: "David was a much-loved son and brother who was proud to have served his country in the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
"He loved his family and friends and would always make time for a hug for everybody. He enjoyed playing football, running and was an Arsenal fan.
"He also followed his local team, Barrow AFC. He has touched many lives. He will be missed and never forgotten."
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Wood, commanding officer of the battalion, added: "The death of Kingsman David Shaw is a devastating tragedy. The loss of our fallen comrade, who has fought so bravely and fiercely for three months, is deeply felt by all..."
"David was a true Cumbrian and Kingsman - physically and mentally tough, a warrior through and through, utterly loyal to those he worked with and possessing a sense of humour that touched us all.
"Known throughout the Battalion as 'Doctor S' he was the most popular of individuals. His joking and light heartedness would lift the gloomiest of situations and have us all laughing."
Kingsman Matthew Bond, Foxhound operator of Corunna company said: "The whole time I knew David he was a bright, funny and a hardworking young man.
"He was well liked and respected by the whole company. David's death was heartbreaking to hear about and my thoughts are with his friends and family."
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond added: "My thoughts are with his family, loved ones and those he served alongside in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment."
Kingsman Shaw is the second British serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan this year and his death takes to 440 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations began in October, 2001.
Sapper Richard Reginald Walker, 23, from 28 Engineer Regiment attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed in a "green-on-blue" insider attack by a suspected member of the Afghan National Army in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on January 7.
Sapper Walker's body was repatriated to the UK on Thursday.
what do you think?
God bless you David xxx
a brave young lad who died for nothing. r.i.p young man x
thumbs down- what did he die for?
So idiots like that can have freedom of speech in our country
Same age as my son---I get so upset and angry when i hear of all these deaths and waste of lives--for what. My sons friend didnt do well at school so the army was pretty much the only option--he too came home in a box. Are poor soldiers are just fodder for the New World Order. and dont forget we have hundreds back here suffering with missing limbs, and mental trauma. Our local council is cutting 300+ jobs to try and make a 30% budget saving ----just to keep our "boys" getting killed.---BRING EM HOME!
True and Mr Bliar, isonce again below the para pitt
Fish it is so sad. My youngest wants to join the marines and i am terrified. He has asthma and the medication he takes will exclude him but he is determined to overcome his dodgy lungs. It's a sad day when you wish continued illness on your child because you don't want him killed but that's how i feel,
Poor lad. Just a bit younger than my eldest and he looks younger than 23. This is a tragic waste of life. Instead of cherishing out young people we are sending them away to die and for a cause that very few believe in.
Unfortunetly (can never spell that) soldiering is a young man's game. The demands made on the body are on the order of professional footballers and athletes. Doesn't make it any easier to hear though.