Dad to be killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from the Chester based regiment the First Battalion the Royal Welsh, who died in Afghanistan, was going to become a father to a little girl.

20 year old Fusilier Jonathan Burgess from Swansea died on Wednesday in Helmand Province.

His family - including fiancee Kelly - have paid tribute saying he was a "wonderful person".

Fusilier Burgess also leaves behind father, Royston, mother, Susan, sisters, Tracy and Suzanne, and brothers, David, Christopher and Ashley.

In the tribute the family said:

"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 was a much loved son, brother, friend and fiancée and would have been an amazing father to his baby girl. He will be greatly missed by us all. He will always be our hero."

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.

"A real character in both his Platoon and Company he could always be relied upon to lift the spirits of his mates. He had already shown himself to be a natural leader, stepping up to command when required; he was marked out for early promotion."