`Legendary' soldier died saving others

A soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been hailed as a hero who saved the lives of his comrades in losing his own.

A soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been hailed as a hero who saved the lives of his comrades in losing his own.

Guardsman Daniel Probyn, 22, of Tipton, West Midlands, was with 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards and had made two tours of duty in Iraq. He died and four were hurt when their patrol was attacked in Garmsir, Helmand Province, on Saturday.

His platoon commander revealed the last moments of the "inspirational" soldier.

Lieutenant Andrew Tiernan said: "As is typical of the man, he warned his fellow soldiers of a potential threat just prior to the explosion that killed him, making them move away from his position in a selfless act which saved their lives

"Guardsman Daniel Probyn was quite simply the most outstanding soldier I have ever come across and I consider myself very fortunate to have had the pleasure of serving alongside him on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

"He died whilst engaging with the enemy and protecting those who were fighting alongside him. He was a legend within the platoon and indeed the company, and now he will remain a legend forever more. Guardsman Probyn is a hero to all of us and will be remembered as such." Guardsman Probyn, in the Army since 2003, leaves a girlfriend, Michelle.

He was helping clear a Taliban-occupied compound.

Company commander Major Will Mace said: "Consummately professional in everything he did, he was one of those men who always delivered a thousand times more than was asked of him.

"He was completely dedicated to his job and to the men around him, making him both a pleasure and an honour to command."

Fellow soldiers described him as "like a brother".

His death brings the death toll among British forces in Afghanistan since 2001 to 55.

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