Outstanding soldier, an inspiration to all

TRIBUTES paid to Corporal Stanley describe how much he will be missed as a person - and as a soldier.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Mortimer, Commanding Officer Lashkar Gah, Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group, said the soldier, nicknamed “Stan”, made an impression right after joining up in 2003.

“Such was his ability and flair for soldiering he was quickly singled out to join the regiment’s Reconnaissance Troop, where he excelled.

“He was utterly dedicated to his friends and his regiment and this shone through in everything he did.

“Hugely popular with all ranks he was known for his quick wit and ready smile, even in the darker moments.

“Professional, fit, robust and utterly determined, he thrived on the challenges of Army life, whether it was on operations in Iraq, or here in Afghanistan.

“He was fantastic at his job and also a renowned footballer.

“We have lost a most outstanding soldier who was an inspiration to all.

“Junior soldiers aspired to be like Stan.”