THE Huddersfield soldier killed yesterday in Afghanistan has been named as Lance Corporal Graham Shaw.
L/Cpl Shaw had celebrated his 27th birthday the previous day.
The Golcar soldier, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was serving as part of the 1 Coldstream Guards Battle Group, when he died alongside colleague and friend 21-year-old Corporal Liam Riley in two explosions near Malgir, Afghanistan, yesterday morning.
L/Cpl Shaw’s family said: "Russ and Karen Shaw, and all the members of Graham’s family are deeply saddened by the loss of a beloved member of the family who has been taken away from us in the prime of life.
"Graham enjoyed life to the full, running everywhere. He ran to visit relatives in Calderdale and often ran on the moors near his home.
"He was very active and took part in many different sports from sky diving last summer to skiing with the Army in Canada and even surfing on the South coast - he was up for anything.
"He was proud to be a member of the British Army like his father before him.
"He knew the danger that he was to face whilst serving in Afghanistan. He lost his life doing the job he liked and enjoyed.
"We are all very proud of our hero.
"We ask that the family be left to grieve in peace."
Prince Harry also paid tribute to the soldiers killed.
Harry described Corporal Liam Riley, from Sheffield, as a "legend" as he told how he had served with him at a military training unit in Canada in 2007.
The Prince, who spent 10 weeks on the frontline in Afghanistan before being flown home in February 2008, said: "I remember Liam Riley so well from the time we spent serving together at the British Army Training Unit at Suffield in Canada.
"He was a legend. A really special man who got us all going and heading in the right direction. It was a privilege to have worked alongside him.
"It is incredibly sad also to hear that Liam died alongside his friend, Lance Corporal Graham Shaw. My heart goes out to their loved ones, and to their many, many friends in their regiment and the wider Army."
The incident brought the tally of British military deaths since the Afghan campaign started in 2001 to 253 - just two short of the number who died during the Falklands War in 1982.
Full story and reaction in Wednesday's Examiner.
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