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Army tribute to fallen soldier Cpl Lee Brownson

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Image caption Cpl Brownson was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

The family of a County Durham soldier killed in Afghanistan have said a new building named in his honour is a "fitting tribute" to his bravery.

Cpl Lee Brownson, of Bishop Auckland, died while on foot patrol in Helmand province in January 2010.

An accommodation block at Catterick barracks was named after him, while a second was named after colleague Craig Brelsford from Nottinghamshire.

Cpl Brownson's father Gary said the new accommodation was "like Butlins."

Cpl Brownson, of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was due to become a father for the third time when he died. His wife has since given birth to a son.

An inquest into his death heard he had volunteered to lead a night patrol, which was aimed at preventing the Taliban from planting improvised explosive devices, and reducing their ability to intimidate the local population.

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Image caption Cpl Brownson's family said the new building was a fitting tribute

He was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Gen Sir Nick Parker, Commander in Chief of Land Forces, who attended the Catterick ceremony, said: "To be killed in action is an act of great honour on behalf of their mates, on behalf of their regiment and their country.

"These young men were not only killed in action they were killed doing extraordinary acts of valour."

The £16m buildings at the infantry training centre in North Yorkshire will be home to new army recruits.

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