A soldier who died more than two months after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan has been named as Corporal Jack Stanley.
The 26-year-old, from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, after he was caught in an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) on February 3.
The soldier, from Bolton, was a Section Commander who deployed to Afghanistan with C (Coriano) Company, Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen's Royal Hussars Battle Group) in October 2011.
Cpl Stanley was treated in Afghanistan and the UK after he was wounded on February 3 in the bomb blast. He died surrounded by his family, the Ministry of Defence said.
The soldier, who was on a patrol aimed at improving understanding of the area and the local population in Pupalzay Kalay, east of Lashkar Gah, was crossing into a field when he was caught in the blast.
Cpl Stanley, described as a "gifted young solider", had already served in Iraq before he was deployed to Afghanistan. He was hailed as "an outstanding footballer" and a key member of the Regimental team which won the British Army (Germany) Cup in 2010 and the Cavalry Cup in 2011.
He leaves behind his mother, Brenda, his father, Tom, his sisters Rachel, Larissa, Joanne and his girlfriend Sarah. Paying tribute, Cpl Stanley's mother said: "Jack was a kind, generous lad with a ready smile. His dedication to his regiment was equalled only by his passion for Bolton Wanderers Football Club. He fought so hard to stay with us and the devastation we feel cannot be described. The world is duller without him and heaven brighter."
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Mortimer, Commanding Officer of Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen's Royal Hussars Battle Group) said junior soldiers aspired to be like Cpl Stanley.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "My heartfelt condolences go out to Cpl Stanley's family, comrades and friends during this particularly difficult time.
"It is clear from the tributes paid to him that Cpl Stanley was an extremely brave individual who exemplified all the virtues of the British soldier. Personable and professional to the end, Cpl Stanley showed himself to be a trusted leader and by every account given by those who knew him, he was a credit to his parents and his regiment. I express my sincere sympathies to loved ones left behind."