A soldier from Kent who suffered horrific burn injuries in Afghanistan is to marry the woman he proposed to weeks before he went on active duty.
Michelle Clifford and L/Cpl Martyn Compton will marry next year
L/Cpl Martyn Compton was driving a tank when he was injured in a roadside bomb.
After the explosion last August, the 23-year-old was flown to the UK to be treated for 70% burns and a broken leg at the Broomfield Hospital, Essex.
The Staplehurst man, who has been given an award for courage, is to marry Michelle Clifford, 27, from Frittenden.
L/Cpl Compton was in Helmand province when the tank came under attack in a Taleban ambush.
He is set to marry his fiancee, a teacher, next summer.
Ms Clifford said: "Because his appearance has changed, he hasn't changed as a person.
"Everything I fell in love with is still the same - nothing has changed at all, his personality, or anything like that."
She added: "He was the love of my life and I was going to be there for him no matter what.
"The person has not changed - the outside has but the inside hasn't."
'A case of luck'
L/Cpl Compton said he managed to get out of the vehicle and get to cover, while covered in flames, and having been shot in his right leg.
He said: "Three months later I woke up in hospital.
"Sadly the people in my wagon died - I was the only survivor.
"I'm glad to be alive, lucky to be alive - it's a case of luck."