19-year-old British Army Private Christopher Kershaw, from Bradford, was one of six British soldiers killed in action on 6th March 2012 when the Warrior AFV he was in struck a huge bomb during a patrol in Helmand Province.
He joined the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in September 2011 and was immediately put on a Warrior driving cadre. He was an extremely effective Light Machine Gun gunner and was subsequently selected to fill this role on operations. He proved himself, in a very short time, to be an excellent soldier and a great friend to many in the Company.
His mother Monica paid the following tribute: "Chris - our hero. He loved anything to do with the Army from the age of 5 years old. He lived the dream until the end. God bless, Chris, love you loads, Mum."
Lieutenant Colonel Zac Stenning, Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: "Private Christopher Kershaw was a fiercely fit young man who thrived on soldiering. His natural love of the outdoors shone through in his personal and professional life. Given this passion and his continuous desire to educate himself, he already stood out amongst his peers as a Corporal of the future. We have lost today a true Yorkshire Warrior. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Pvt. Kershaw leaves behind his parents Brian and Monica, and sister Sarah Louise.