A YOUNG North East soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.
Corporal Daryn Roy from Dipton, near Stanley, County Durham, died in an explosion on Monday morning.
The blast happened near Patrol Base Pimon, in Nad-e Ali, Helmand province, while he was travelling to meet up with local Afghan contractors.
Tributes have poured in for the popular 28-year-old who had been in Afghanistan since March. Today, his devastated family and friends are coming to terms with the loss of a “true hero”.
Cpl Roy was one of two comrades from the 21 Engineer Regiment, based in Ripon, North Yorkshire, to be killed in two separate incidents, in the last 48-hours.
His family had been looking forward to him coming home for a few days in June. Instead they are now arranging his funeral. He was due to be posted as a lance corporal to 101 Engineer Regiment EOD in June.
Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Walton- Knight, Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment said: “Sapper Roy was the most professional of soldiers. He was trained as both a combat engineer and combat signaller and could hold his own with the best at either. He joined the army later than most and brought with him a sense of maturity and common sense that few could match. He had quickly proved himself in the Regiment, his pursuit of the high standards made him stand out and he was about to move on as a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer.
“He was always keen to get out on the ground where his expertise was needed most. He never complained, never moaned; he worked hard, looked after his mates and made a difference. He was the type of soldier you wanted around and the type you wanted to be around.
“Sapper Roy summed up all that is good about being a Royal Engineer. He was intelligent, hard working and resilient. He would turn his hand to any task and demand the best from himself. He was immensely proud to be a Sapper and would do anything to defend his troop.
“He was like an older brother to the other Sappers; supportive, protective, yet firm when necessary. He was quick witted, high spirited and always raised morale. He died serving his country and working with his friends. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. As individuals and as a Regiment our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Corporal Liam Ord, Section Commander, 4 Armoured Engineer Squadron said Daryn was larger than life and had an unmatched quick wit who would always support his friends and had a can-do attitude.
He said: “He had an ever present sense of humour and would always lift morale in any situation.
“As a soldier, he was a privilege to command. He always delivered on time and would strive to achieve the highest standards. He always backed me up and I knew I could totally rely on him. It didn’t matter how cold, wet or tired he was; he always gave his best.
“I spent most weekends travelling up and down the A1 with Daz, mainly talking about football and having to endure his quick wit about Newcastle being relegated to the Championship last season. Given that he was a Geordie, I never understood why he supported Liverpool; he was a huge fan. In the end I gave up asking him why; he used to just smile and say that they were the better team.
“He was a very sociable lad, popular in the Troop and with his mates in Newcastle and Durham. He was excellent company and was always in demand to go out with friends at the weekend.
“He was a great mate and we will always remember him.”
Cpl Roy had already served in Iraq with the Army before his duty in Afghanistan. A second soldier from Daryn’s regiment, who has not yet been named, was killed in a traffic accident, in the Helmand Province, also on Monday morning. The soldier, serving as part of Task Force Helmand, was killed in a traffic accident that happened near Nad-e Ali, Helmand Province.
Lieutenant Colonel Carr-Smith, explained: “He was part of a team conducting a reconnaissance to replace a bridge over a canal in the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand.”
The deaths mean 284 UK military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.
FRIENDS of Daryn Roy have been leaving tributes to the popular soldier on social network site Facebook.
The 28-year-old was well-known in his home village of Dipton, near Stanley, County Durham.
Within hours of Daryn been killed, friends started posting messages up on the site.
Jenna Mack wrote: "Daryn Roy, 1 true hero miss you mate."
Ian Mack wrote: Daryn Roy; true hero, true legend and all that knew you know what they have lost, all that didn’t no you will soon see you are a true hero. Known by many, loved by loads, missed by all. RIP Daryn Roy."
Winnie New said: "RIP Daryn you were a hero to all of us."
And Mandy Bell said: "RIP Daryn, everyone’s thinking of you and will miss you."
Sarah Boyd said: "Dipton just won’t be the same. RIP"
And Tasha Holmes wrote: "RIP Daz. True fallen hero."
While Zoe Morris added: "RIP Daryn, you’ll always be a legend."