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Prayers said in Cornwall for dead soldier's family

Sergeant Paul Fox
Sergeant Paul Fox, of St Ives, leaves behind a wife and three children

Prayers have been said in Cornwall for the family of a soldier from St Ives who was killed in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Paul Fox died after an explosion near a checkpoint in the Nad Ali district of Helmand on Friday.

The 34-year-old, known as Foxy, was part of 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to the Brigade Reconnaissance Force.

He leaves behind a wife, Charlotte, daughter Ruby, and sons Archie and Jack. Prayers for his family were said at St Ives Church at 0930 GMT.

His family said in a statement: "Paul was a legend not only to his loving wife, children and family but also to anyone who ever knew him.

"Paul was a proud soldier who will be deeply missed."

'A great man'

His Commanding Officer, Lt Col Matt Bazeley, said his dedication was beyond doubt.

"A tremendous soldier, impressive leader, fine engineer, good friend, cracking senior non-commissioned officer but principally just a great man," he added.

"His quick wit, committed sense of purpose, dedication and capacity was beyond doubt."

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said it was clear Sgt Fox was "a soldier of huge talent, and a man of great charisma".

"I know his leadership and skill will be missed. My deepest condolences are with his family and friends at this time," he said.

Sgt Fox's death takes the number of British service personnel killed in the conflict to 266.

He was born in Manchester and joined the Army in 1994.

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