South Yorkshire soldier killed in Afghanistan

Tributes: Sgt Lee Davidson, aged 32. Photo: Ian Greenfield.
Tributes: Sgt Lee Davidson, aged 32. Photo: Ian Greenfield.
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A FATHER-of-two from South Yorkshire, whose wife is expecting their third child, has been named as the latest British soldier killed in Afghanistan, writes Richard Marsden.

Sergeant Lee Davidson, aged 32, of the Light Dragoons, died after his armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand on Sunday.

The Doncaster man was described as the ‘best husband and father’ by wife Samantha, who is expecting a baby daughter.

The couple have two sons, Jayden and Jamie.

She said: “My gorgeous husband Lee, we all can’t believe you have gone. You really are the total package: good looking, kind, loving, generous and the best dad I have ever known.

“Your memories we had together will be treasured in my mind and heart forever, your children will grow up knowing all this about you. You will never be forgotten.”

Sgt Davidson’s death took the number of British military deaths since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001 to 427.

He had been helping to train Afghan police officers and was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Sgt Davidson had been in the Army since 1998 and had previously served in Bosnia and Iraq.

Lt Col Sam Plant, commanding officer of the Light Dragoons, which recruits heavily from South Yorkshire, said: “He was the most natural leader of men and soldiers flourished under his command.

“He set the perfect tone and example, and cared deeply for his soldiers’ welfare. He was, and aalways will be, an inspiration to so many.”

Sgt Davidson’s role in Afghanistan had involved helping the Afghan police to plan operations, which often involved capturing narcotics and detaining insurgents.