Soldier killed after getting engaged
Here is more details has been published about the soldier who was killed on New Year's Day in Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
A British soldier killed by the Taliban on New Year's Day was a part-time soldier who got engaged on the day he left the UK to go to Afghanistan.
Territorial Army sergeant Christopher John Reed, 25, who was serving with 6th Battalion The Rifles, was on a routine patrol in Helmand province when his vehicle was hit by an explosion. He died at the scene.
The Ministry of Defence said Sgt Reed and his fiancée, Heather, had planned to marry when he returned. His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Mereweather, paid tribute to the "talented, committed" soldier and said his death was a "hammer blow" to the battalion. Speaking from the unit's headquarters at Wyvern Barracks in Exeter, Devon, he said: "He was undoubtedly one of my very best section commanders. Calm, modest, easy-going but with a sense of purpose and obvious steel."