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Posted on Tuesday 3rd January

The Ministry of Defence has sadly confirmed the death of Private John King of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan on 30 December 2011.

Private King was on foot patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province along with Afghan National Security Forces, searching and clearing compounds in the village of Llara Kalay. The Afghan National Army members came under fire from insurgents during the patrol and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers moved forward to support them. Private King was caught in the blast from an Improvised Explosive Device during the firefight and was killed in action, despite the efforts of medic at the scene.

The 19 year old from Darlington joined the Army in 2009 and served with B(FAMARS) Company of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011 as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj.

Private King leaves behind his mother and father and two brothers, and girlfriend, Kelly. His family have described him as 'a proud soldier who died doing a job he adored.'

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