Members of the British Army have paid tribute to a Fusilier who died while deployed in Estonia.
Fusilier Sam Brownridge, from The First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died on 5 July, aged 23 from a non-battle injury.
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Head, Commanding Officer, First Fusiliers Battlegroup, said: “Fusilier Brownridge was everything we want in a young infantry soldier.
“Fun-loving and fiercely loyal to his mates, hardworking, determined and professional in everything he did, and always up for a new challenge, he was a Fusilier through and through.
“I am proud to have served with Fusilier Brownridge,” he added.
“He will be missed terribly, and this tragedy has shaken the First Fusiliers family to its core.”
Fus Brownridge joined the Army in 2017 and after completing his initial training was posted to the 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
He later moved from Z Company to the Battalion’s Mortar Platoon in January 2019, serving with them until his death.
Captain Dave Davies, Officer Commanding Mortar Platoon, said Fusilier Sam Brownridge was a “truly well-liked Fusilier, who brought laughs wherever he went”.
“I believe that he had truly found his home within Mortar Platoon and leaves behind positive memories with all who he served with,” he added.
“He often spoke of his daughter, Marcè, and she was the centre around which he conducted himself daily.
“He endeavoured to be the best father that he could. I believe that he had truly found his home within Mortar Platoon and leaves behind positive memories with all who he served with.”
Fusilier Ben Cribb, Mortarman, said he “spent almost every day with” Fus Brownridge and “was the mate who was always there… and always had the right answer for any problems”.