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Tributes paid to North-East soldier killed in Afghanistan

TRIBUTES ... Sapper Adam Moralee, who died in Afghanistan this week.

TRIBUTES ... Sapper Adam Moralee, who died in Afghanistan this week.

A BRITISH soldier who died after he was fatally injured in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, has been named as Tyneside Sapper Adam Moralee.

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.

In a statement issued through the MoD, the family of the soldier, who also leaves behind a fiancee, described him as “full of life and always the joker of the family”.

He deployed to Afghanistan in September as a section sapper in the Close Support Engineer Squadron of the Task Force Helmand (TFH) Engineer Regiment Group, working throughout the area of operations in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, the MoD said.

He was working with his section in Camp Bastion, preparing engineer plant equipment for redeployment out of Afghanistan, when he was fatally injured.

Sapper Moralee, from Newcastle, leaves behind parents Lynn and Darren and fiancee Emma.

In a statement, his family said: “Adam was a loving son, fiancé, 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 petrolhead 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 joined the Royal Engineers at the age of 17 and trained as an armoured engineer, learning to operate and maintain a variety of armoured engineer vehicles.

He was posted to 26 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 32 Engineer Regiment in March 2009, and previously served a tour in Afghanistan in 2011 as part of the Armoured Support Group, where he crewed Trojan armoured vehicles, clearing minefields and defeating improvised explosive devices.

Last year, he passed his pre non-commissioned officer (PNCO) cadre and was due to be promoted to lance corporal later this year, the MoD said.

Sapper Moralee is the first British serviceman to die in Afghanistan this year.

His commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies, paid tribute, describing him as a “role model to all”.

He said: “Quietly determined and utterly dedicated, Sapper Adam Moralee was an outstanding soldier.

“An armoured engineer through and through, he had proved himself on both the icy prairies of the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Canada and the IED-riddled deserts of Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 14, clearing safe lanes in his beloved Trojan.

“In his second operational deployment to southern Afghanistan, he worked as a combat engineer - toiling hard in both the heat and the snow to ensure that the force was protected from the elements and the enemy threat, and then working in support of the redeployment effort.

“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.

“Passing his PNCO cadre prior to deployment, Sapper Moralee was ready to be a junior commander and his huge potential really shone through.

“A role model to all, I have no doubt he would have risen high in the ranks.”

 

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