"His sacrifice will not be forgotten," said the parents of Rifleman Sachin Limbu, 23 years old and a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.
Rifleman Sachin Limbu died last Monday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham 18 months after being injured by an IED in Afghanistan. His parents were with him.
Lt. Col Gez Strickland, his Commanding Officer on Operation Herrick 12, said:
"The Rifleman's sacrifice has prevented him from fulfilling a rewarding career but his inspiring determination not to succumb to his injuries for so long was in the true sprit of those Gurkhas who have gone before him.
'He was highly cherished and loved by his fellow Gurkhas and left his mark on all those that had the honour to meet him.
'As the only son of a retired Gurkha this will have been devastating for his family; our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.'
Rifleman Limbu's father was a Gurkha Senior NCO.
"In hospital the young man fought against incredible odds for a very long time with more courage than I have ever seen in another human being, helped at every step by his wonderful, loving parents," added Lt. Col. Strickland.
All too often we forget the role the Gurkhas take within our military. His death is no more important than the others who have died before him, but it's appropriate to remember those who struggle every minute of the day to stay alive. They deserve our prayers, be they religious or words of help from one human to another.