British Royal Marine L/Cpl Martin Gill, age 22, was killed in Afghanistan on June 5, 2011. He was with the 42 Commando.
L/Cpl Gill's company commander said the marine became the "bedrock" for his younger brother and sister after their mother died a month before the start of his tour in Afghanistan.
He was an hour into his patrol when it was fired upon from a nearby compound. He was hit and fatally wounded.
L/Cpl Gill was born on 14 August 1988. He lived in Nottingham with his brother, John, and his sister, Rebecca.
|Jesus, pray for Martin|
L/Cpl Gill's brother and sister - and his girlfriend, Lauren - said in a statement: "Martin Joseph Gill was proud to be a Royal Marine. He was always up for a challenge, and unfortunately died doing what he had always wanted to do. He was the life and soul of every party, beloved and cherished by everyone. Martin will be deeply loved and missed forever."
Military officials stated: "L/Cpl Martin Gill or 'Fish', as he was known by his mates, was a marine of rare quality. Despite his mum dying only weeks before the start of the tour, he was exceptionally keen to deploy. This was the mark of the man - passionate and dedicated to his profession and utterly loyal to his friends and fellow marines. The death of L/Cpl Gill is an appalling tragedy and today is a truly sad day for 42 Commando. We have lost a brave young Marine and it has hit the unit hard."
Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Martin Gill is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.