A SOLDIER from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh killed while on foot patrol in Afghanistan has been named as Fusilier Jonathan Antony Burgess.
He died on Wednesday, April 7, after being wounded in a fire fight with the Taliban.
Messages of condolences have been left for the 20-year-old on social networking site Facebook, with members of the ‘Support the Boys of the Royal Welsh in Afghanistan’ expressing sympathy to the family of who they described as the ‘Welsh warrior’ from Swansea.
One read: "My thoughts go out to the family and comrades of the brave Royal Welsh Soldier who was sadly killed. I'm sure everyone in Chester will feel the same as they are our resident Battalion. RIP."
And distraught family members have paid tribute to their loving son, brother and fiance.
"Jonathan was a loving and caring man who enjoyed life to full. He had an infectious smile that would brighten up anyone's day. We were all very lucky to have had such a wonderful person in our lives. He will always be our hero."
During his four months in Afghanistan Fusilier Burgess had been a key member of 3 Platoon and had conducted both aviation assault and ground holding operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Nick Lock, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) Battle Group, said: "Fusilier Jon Burgess was the epitome of a Welsh infantry soldier; fiercely proud of being a Royal Welshman and of the job that he was doing in Afghanistan.
"He had come into his own in Afghanistan, growing in confidence throughout our time here rising to the many challenges that operations threw at him.
"Jon was killed in a fire fight with insurgents, fighting alongside his comrades as he always did with a cool head and immense courage.
"All members of the Battle Group are truly shocked by the news of Jon's death. They can be justly proud of their Welsh Warrior, greatly missed, but never forgotten."
His friend Fusilier Robert Slaney, from North Wales, said: "Jon was a brilliant soldier and an excellent friend. He was full of laughter and a really funny guy... There was always a bit of competition between us. Not least with me being a 'North Walian alien' and him being a 'Southy'.
"Jon will be sorely missed and losing a good friend has torn us apart."