Borough soldier killed in bomb blast

Kyle Marshall.
Kyle Marshall.
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A Borough family have paid tribute to their son who died while serving in Afghanistan on Monday.

Lance Corporal Kyle Cleet Marshall was from 2nd Batallion the Parachute Regiment was killed by a roadside bomb on Monday February 14 while on operation in an area south of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

Lance Corporal Marshall, 23 and originally from Wallsend was deployed on an operation to reassure and improve security for the population and was deployed to Afghanistan on October 17 2010 with B Company, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

In a statement from his parents Olwyn and Garry, as well as fiance Hayley, who he was due to marry in the summer.

A statement released on behalf of the family said: “Kyle was a very lively, outgoing, loving and much-loved son.

“He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. He was due to be married in July to his fiancée, Hayley.

“We take comfort in the fact that he is now with his granddad who died some years ago.”

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harrison, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, said of the former Churchill Community College student:

“Lance Corporal Kyle Marshall was one of the most popular young commanders in the Battalion.

“A charismatic, upbeat Geordie, he was ice-cool under fire and a natural leader always.

“He mentored, coaxed and taught his soldiers with consummate passion and consistent diligence. He was ever-optimistic, even in the bleakest of circumstances, and could charm all he met. He is irreplaceable.”