The latest British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan was named last night as Corporal Bryan Budd.

The 29-year-old soldier, from 3 Para regiment, was involved in a firefight against the Taliban in Sangin, in the northern part of Helmand province on Sunday.

He was on a routine patrol near the district centre in the town when he died, the Ministry of Defence said.

Cpl Budd, from Ripon, was married to Lorena and father to two-year-old Isabelle.

Mrs Budd is expecting the couple's second child in September and the soldier's "keenest passion" was said to be his wife and daughter.

An MoD spokesman said Cpl Budd, who was softly spoken and a calm character, was "incredibly proud" of his family.

He was described as a shining example to those under his command, with great courage and a quick sense of humour.

Cpl Budd, who had been in the Army for ten years, enlisted with the Parachute Regiment before joining the elite 16 Air Assault Brigade's Pathfinder Platoon.

He had served in Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq and was about to be promoted to platoon sergeant.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Tootal, said he had been a natural leader.

"Cpl Bryan Budd was an outstanding young man who had quickly risen through the ranks in the regiment. Extremely popular, he had a calm and professional manner that inspired confidence in all who worked with him - a natural leader.

"Bryan died doing the job he loved, leading his men from the front - where he always was."