Family, friends and comrades gathered in Coventry on Monday for the funeral of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Hundreds of mourners paid tribute to Corporal Michael John Thacker, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, at Coventry Cathedral.
The 27-year-old died on June 1 after he was hit by small arms fire. He had been part a group manning an observation post in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
The congregation was led by his widow Catherine, mother of the couple's two-year-old daughter Millie. A tribute was read on her behalf by her brother Adam Walton.
Speaking after his death, she said: "Michael was the love of my life. He was an amazing husband and father who will always be remembered as a funny, loving and kind man. Everyone who met Mike instantly liked him and through time came to love him."
Tributes were also paid during the private service by Corporal Thacker's brother Mark and Major David Crimmins from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.
Another of the corporal's brothers is also a serving soldier in the same battalion. Paying tribute to his sibling earlier this month, Corporal Matthew Thacker said: "Corporal Michael Thacker is my big brother and the best I could wish for.
"We were more than brothers, we were best friends and words cannot express how much he will be missed.
Corporal Thacker was born in Swindon, Wiltshire and went to school in Cwmbran, South Wales. He had completed a tour of Iraq and two tours of Afghanistan.
The funeral was followed by a private cremation ceremony at Nuneaton Crematorium.