The grieving family of a paratrooper who died on a deployment in Afghanistan have led tributes to their ‘incredible’ loved-one.
They say Private Joseph Berry – who served with the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment – had achieved his lifetime ambition when he became a paratrooper.
But the 21-year-old – who grew up in Crewe – was pronounced dead following a ‘non-battle injury’ in Kabul on February 22.
Joseph had been deployed to Afghanistan since last November where he had served as a rifleman providing security for advisors. It was his first operational deployment.
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Taylor said the death would be ‘felt deeply’.
He said: “The death of this exceptional and compassionate paratrooper is truly heart-breaking and his loss will be felt deeply by his family, friends and those who served alongside him.
“We extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to all who knew and loved him.”
Joseph’s family have also issued a statement following their loved-one’s death.
It reads: “Joe was a much-loved son, brother, nephew, cousin, grandson and friend. His main aim in life was to help people in trouble; he was a kind, generous gentleman who would do anything for anybody.
“Although this is the hardest thing to write it is also the easiest because he was the sweetest most beautiful boy who grew to be the most incredible man who gave everything to his friends and family.
“He had a love of singing, animals, nature and exploring the world. Joe was proud and his family are proud of him becoming a paratrooper, it was his life’s ambition.”
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed Joseph’s death.
A spokesman said: “Private Joseph Berry died of a non-battle injury while deployed on operations in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 22. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.