A soldier from the North East has been killed on duty in Afghanistan.
Sapper Adam Moralee, from Newcastle, died after he was fatally injured in Camp Bastion.
The 23-year-old, from 32 Engineer Regiment, died on Wednesday after he was injured while preparing equipment for redeployment out of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
Tributes have poured in for Sapper Moralee who is described as an “outstanding soldier” and someone who was “quietly determined and utterly dedicated” to his job.
He leaves behind parents Lynn and Darren and fiancee Emma. In a statement, his family said: “Adam was a loving son, fiance, and friend who touched everyone’s hearts that came into contact with him.
“His passion for cars and anything with an engine made him a true petrol head through and through. As a son he was full of life and always the joker of the family, who never took anything too seriously. He loved his job and the friends he made from his time in the Army, and he would never have swapped those experiences for the world.
“He treated his fiancee, Emma, like his princess and the love they shared was clear to all of those who were lucky enough to see it. To be his wife would have made Emma feel like the luckiest girl in the world and they were each others’ one true love and soul mates.
“Adam touched the hearts of all of us who were lucky to know him and not a day will go by where he is not in our thoughts and hearts. He will be sorely missed by family and friends and forever loved by all. Rest in peace son.”
Sapper Moralee was deployed to Afghanistan in September as a section sapper in the Close Support Engineer Squadron of the Task Force Helmand Engineer Regiment Group, working throughout the area of operations in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, the MoD said.
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies RE, Commanding Officer 32 Engineer Regiment, said: “His dry wit and his commitment to the team, be it on operations or the football field, have made him a well known, trusted member of his troop, his Squadron and the Regiment.”