A soldier has died in hospital in Birmingham from wounds he suffered more than three years ago in .
Lance Corporal Michael Campbell, from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, died from injuries after being shot in the stomach while on patrol in Afghanistan in April 2012.
The defence secretary, Michael Fallon, said: “The tributes of his comrades describe L/Cpl Michael Campbell as a popular and committed soldier devoted to his regiment and a dedicated family man. Proud and professional, he epitomised the ethos of the army reservist and he had completed numerous tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Campbell, 32 enlisted in the army reserves in April 2002 and joined D Company, 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, in Colwyn Bay. He was mobilised in October 2011 to deploy with the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, as a platoon radio operator.
While on patrol on 3 April 2012, he was shot in the stomach. He continued to fight the enemy despite being wounded so that his comrades could get into better cover and after being injured was transported to Camp Bastion before being flown home to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) S Webb, who was commanding officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, paid tribute to an “outstanding soldier”.
He said: “Everyone who served alongside L/Cpl Campbell in Afghanistan in 2012 will be devastated to learn of his passing. He joined the battalion during our pre-deployment training and fitted seamlessly into his platoon and company.
“He was an outstanding soldier and very talented junior commander: skilful, determined, measured and very courageous. He set an excellent example to those around him. It is tragic that he has died three years after his initial wounding and the thoughts and prayers of all of us are with his family at this most difficult time.”
Lieutenant Colonel R Manuel JP - commanding officer, 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh from December 2012 to June 2015 – said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of L/Cpl Campbell. I had known him for a number of years; he was a true reservist with a huge amount of operational experience under his belt.
“A larger than life character always upbeat, at the heart of things and looking for the next challenge.”