A ROYAL Marine from Sheldon who was killed in Afghanistan was described by his commanding officer as having the “heart of a lion and the courage to match”.
Colonel Andy Maynard said Corporal Robert Christopher Deering had served around the globe and was no stranger to risk, displaying the finest qualities of the Commando spirit: courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness.
“The latter in particular was a trait that he is remembered for as a larger-than-life and popular man, who loved eating and drinking in good company,” he said.
Cpl Deering, 33, died in an explosion caused by an apparent booby trap while on patrol in Helmand Province on December 21.
Solihull-born Cpl Deering had recently moved in with his fiancee, Gemma, who was described as his ‘best friend’. In a statement his parents said: “We are missing Rob deeply.”