Greenford Man Killed in Afghanistan
Brave soldier shot in Helman province
The family and colleagues of a 31 -year old soldier killed in Afghanistan have paid tributes to him.
Lance sergeant Dale McCallum who was due to be promoted to sergeant in October, was shot on August 1st whilst commanding his men in an operation to provide security to Afghan local nationals in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.
He joined the army in June 1998 and was a veteran of Kosovo and Iraq. He served in the 1st battalion Scots Guards and commanded a platoon of 27 men.
His family have described him as a 'wonderful father, brilliant brother, a loving son and his army colleagues say he was 'a consummate soldier.'
His funeral was held at the Willesden New Testament Church of God in Willesden.
He leaves behind his son Kevin, parents Lurline and Paul, and siblings Sandra, Rodney, Denise, Milissa and Montel.
There are around 10,000 British troops in Afghanistan.
The total number of British deaths since the beginning of operations there in 2001 now stands at 332.
25 August 2010