19-year-old British Army Private John King of 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action on 30th December 2011 during an operation in Helmand province.
While on a foot patrol, his unit came under fire from enemy forces. During the firefight Private King was caught in the blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and was killed, despite the best efforts of medics at the scene. The incident occurred near the village of Llara Kalay, in the Nahr-e Saraj district.
Private King, from Darlington, joined the Army in 2009 and served with B(FAMARS) Company of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan as part of Combined Force Nahr-e-Saraj (North), commanded by the Danish Battle Group, in October 2011.
After joining the Army Private King attended the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, before joining 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment in May 2010, based in Oxford Barracks, Münster, Germany.
The family of Private King said: "John was a tremendous son, brother and boyfriend. He was a devoted grandson, a loving family member, and a proud soldier who died doing a job he adored. He will be sadly missed by all his family, friends, and loyal German Shepherd dog Rex."
Private King leaves behind his mother Karen, father Barry, brothers Ian and Stephen, and girlfriend Kelly. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and all that knew him.