LATEST: Defence secretary pays tribute to fallen Norfolk soldier

The defence secretary Liam Fox has added to the growing list of tributes for a young Norfolk soldier who was killed in Afghanistan three days before his 21st birthday.

Pte Lewis Hendry was one of two soldiers killed in a firefight on Wednesday while carrying out a security patrol in the north of the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.

The 20-year-old, who served with A Company of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was born in Norwich and grew up in Dereham. His 22-year-old comrade Pte Conrad Lewis, from Bournemouth died alongside him during the operation.

Mr Fox said: 'Private Lewis Hendry and Private Conrad Lewis have both made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to bring security to the Nad-e Ali district, denying the area to the enemy and protecting the safety of our country.

'Private Lewis Hendry was clearly an exemplary soldier who was courageous, professional and a trusted member of Patrols Platoon.

'Those who served alongside Private Conrad Lewis speak of an individual with boundless enthusiasm, a brave volunteer soldier who was committed to his fellow paratroopers and to military life.

'My thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.'