A UK soldier shot dead in Afghanistan has been named as L/Cpl Jordan Dean Bancroft, from Burnley in Lancashire.
L/Cpl Bancroft, from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died on Saturday while protecting a meeting between local elders and international and Afghan troops.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox praised his "selfless bravery".
The family and girlfriend of the 25-year-old said his death would "leave a huge hole" in their lives.
A statement issued by them read: "We will always remember Jordan loving a challenge, in particular outdoor pursuits.
"He was a keen snow skier and often skied for the regiment. We will miss Jordan so much."
'Loyal, brave, honest'
L/Cpl Bancroft joined the Army in September 2001, and served twice in Iraq before his posting to Afghanistan.
He arrived in Afghanistan in March as a Section Second in Command with 1 Platoon, Anzio Company - part of the battalion.
His commanding officer Lt Col Frazer Lawrence OBE said: "He was one of the biggest characters within the regiment.
"L/Cpl Bancroft was a true soldier, excelling during his time in Afghanistan - loyal, brave, compassionate and honest.
"He had a natural ability to lead from the front, his men instinctively looked to him for advice and direction."
Lt Col Lawrence added: "His mates meant the world to L/Cpl Bancroft - but he held his family and girlfriend above all else, they were his life."
'Led from the front'
The soldier died after insurgent forces opened fire in Nad-e Ali, southern Afghanistan.
UK troops returned fire during the incident.
Sgt Lee Calvy, who served in the same regiment, said: "He led from the front, he was a professional and courageous soldier and an outstanding commander.
"Over the last few years our friendship has grown, especially the last five months in Afghanistan - the platoon and I will miss him deeply.
"To have had him as one of my officers and a friend has been an honour and a privilege."
L/Cpl Bancroft's death brought the number of British military personnel killed on operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 332.