Tributes have been paid to a Solihull Royal Marine "with the heart of a lion" who was killed in Afghanistan while trying to help fellow soldiers in the wake of an explosion.
Corporal Robert Christopher Deering, 33, died instantly in a blast in Helmand Province on Sunday.
An armoured personnel carrier was damaged by an explosion which injured three people, and as Cpl Deering went to try to repair the vehicle there was a second blast which killed him instantly. The Royal Marine specialised as a mechanic and spent most of his career at the Commando Logistic Regiment in north Devon, although he had recently moved to a new home with his fiancee in Sheldon, Birmingham.
His family, from Solihull, said in a statement: "We are missing Rob deeply."
Colonel Andy Maynard, Cpl Deering's commanding officer, said: "Cpl Rob Deering had the heart of a lion and the courage to match.
"Having served on operations with the Royal Marines around the globe in Kosovo, Iraq and once before in Afghanistan, he was no stranger to risk - but faced up to it, displaying the finest qualities of the Commando Spirit: courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness.
"The latter in particular was a trait that he is remembered for as a larger-than-life and popular man, who loved eating and drinking in good company. The mountain of Christmas parcels he received is testament to his popularity."
Cpl Deering loved fast cars, fitness and being with his fiancee, Gemma, whom he had recently moved in with, his colleagues said.
His Squadron Commander, Major Thornton Daryl Hirst, said: "A proud Royal Marine, impressive commander and exceptionally fit man, Cpl Deering will leave a void in many lives that will be impossible to fill.
"Cruelly and tragically taken from us, he will be missed greatly by all who had the privilege to know him. My deepest sympathy is extended to Gemma, 'his best friend', his sister Elaine, his parents and all his family and friends."
Cpl Deering's Troop Colour Sergeant, Simon Nicholson, Royal Marines said: "The first time I ever saw Cpl Rob Deering was a number of years ago at a petrol station in Barnstaple. I knew that he was a young vehicle mechanic who worked in the Light Aid Detachment and thought 'How the hell can he afford that nice BMW?'
"As I got to know Rob better, I learnt that he guarded his money extremely tightly. A typical example of this was that during the full six months of his first deployment to Afghanistan he only spent 50 dollars!
"Rob was liked by all who met him, good-looking, great 'pecs' and a cheery smile; once you had met him you'd never forget him. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten."
His Troop Sergeant, Peter Morley, said: "Rob was one of the longest-serving vehicle mechanics I have known and we shared many a good laugh together. I will never forget his smile and infectious giggle."
Fellow members of the troop said he playfully declared himself the best looking and was "very fond" of going to the gym to counteract his love of sweet foods.
Defence Secretary John Hutton said: "The death of Cpl Deering hits particularly hard at a time when we're all thinking more of family and loved ones.
"It is very sad to lose such a dedicated Marine who excelled at his job. Cpl Deering was clearly a highly respected and greatly liked member of his regiment, who will be greatly missed. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers."