LIEUTENANT John Charles Sanderson of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) [1 MERCIAN], attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group died in action in Afghanistan on Wednesday 11 August.
Lt Sanderson was wounded in an explosion whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on 13 July 2010.
He was treated at the scene before being flown to the UK for further treatment.
He succumbed to his injuries last Wednesday, surrounded by his family.
Lt Sanderson was born in Oklahoma USA on 23 April 1981. He was educated at Bradfield College and Exeter University where he read history and was a member of the University Officer Training Corps.
Lt Col Gerald Strickland MBE, commanding officer, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battlegroup, said: “Lieutenant John Sanderson was a big man with a heart of gold, and it was with deep, deep sadness that we learned that he had finally succumbed to injuries sustained in an explosion when he was on patrol.”