Soldier killed in Afghanistan named

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Captain Stephen James Healey, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed by a home-made bomb in Helmand Province // Captain Stephen James Healey, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed by a home-made bomb in Helmand Province
Captain Stephen James Healey, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed by a home-made bomb in Helmand Province
An Army officer who was killed by a home-made bomb in Afghanistan packed more into his three decades alive than most people do in a lifetime, his family said.
Captain Stephen Healey, 29, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers), was killed on Saturday when his patrol vehicle hit the improvised explosive device in the north of the Nahr-e Saraj District in Helmand province.
He was flown to the military hospital at Camp Bastion where he was pronounced dead.
His father John, mother Kerry, brother Simon and girlfriend Thea paid tribute to Cpt Healey, a former semi-professional footballer from Cardiff.
They issued a statement saying: "Stephen was all you could wish for in a son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed by us all. He managed to do more in his 30 years than most people do in a lifetime."
Cpt Healey is the 415th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
The soldier's girlfriend paid her own tribute, saying: "Stephen will always be in my heart. I will miss him so much, he was my love, my life and my everything. Now he rests in peace, he was living the life he wanted to do with his men."
Cpt Healey became a semi-professional footballer after leaving school and played for clubs in south Wales and had an apprenticeship with Swansea City. He continued to play while completing a degree in Sports Science at Swansea University.
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