British Soldier Dies During Afghanistan Deployment

A British soldier has tragically died while deployed in Afganistan. 

Private Joseph Berry, who served with the Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, suffered what has been described as “a non-battle injury” while in Kabul. 

He passed away on the 22nd of February, but the news of his passing has only just been made public. 

The Ministry of Defence said its thoughts are with Pte Berry’s family and friends.

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Taylor, Commanding Officer of Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment said: 

“The death of this exceptional and compassionate paratrooper is truly heartbreaking, and his loss will be felt deeply by his family, friends and those who served alongside him.

“We extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved him.”

Pte Berry’s family released a statement through The Parachute Regiment, describing him as “a kind, generous gentleman who would do anything for anybody”.

The family spokesperson said:

“Joe was a much-loved son, brother, nephew, cousin, grandson and friend. 

“Joe’s main aim in life was to help people in trouble; he was a kind, generous gentleman who would do anything for anybody. 

“Although this is the hardest thing to write it is also the easiest because he was the sweetest most beautiful boy who grew to be the most incredible man who gave everything to his friends and family. 

“He had a love of singing, animals, nature and exploring the world. 

“Joe was proud, and his family are proud of him becoming a paratrooper, it was his life’s ambition. His family are devastated by his loss.”

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