'You are my best friend, husband and father': Pregnant widow pays emotional tribute to soldier husband killed in Afghan blast

  • Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of The Light Dragoons died on Sunday while on patrol on Helmand
  • Wife Samantha, who is expecting their third child, vowed: 'You will never be forgotten.'

By Tom Gardner

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The heartbroken wife of a soldier killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb has vowed their unborn daughter will grow up knowing about her 'loving, generous' father.

Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of The Light Dragoons died on Sunday after his Ridgeback vehicle was hit while patrolling with the Afghan Uniformed Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

The 32-year-old leaves his pregnant wife Samantha and two sons Jayden and Jamie.

Tribute: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson
Tribute: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson

Tribute: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson of The Light Dragoons, pictured, 'will be remembered as a simply superb soldier and a wonderful man'

Paying tribute to her husband Mrs Davidson said: 'My gorgeous husband Lee, we all can't believe you have gone.

'You are my best friend, lover and the best husband and father I could have ever have wished for.

'You really are the total package - good looking, kind, loving, generous and the best dad I have ever known.

'Your memories we had together will be treasured in my mind and heart forever, your children will grow up knowing all this about you.

 

'You will never be forgotten. Never. All our love, your Samantha, Jayden, Jamie and your little daughter who is on the way very soon. X.'

The sergeant's death brings the number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 427.

Light Dragoons commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Plant, paid tribute to Sgt Davidson, who had also served in Bosnia and Iraq, saying: 'Sgt Davidson will be remembered as a simply superb soldier and a wonderful man.

'From the outset of training for this, his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he demonstrated the sort of professionalism and determination that had long been his trademark.

Blast: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson died on Sunday after his Ridgeback vehicle, similar to the one pictured, was hit while patrolling with the Afghan Uniformed Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. (File picture)

Blast: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson died on Sunday after his Ridgeback vehicle, similar to the one pictured, was hit while patrolling with the Afghan Uniformed Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. (File picture)

'He was the most natural leader of men and soldiers flourished under his command - he set the perfect tone and example and cared deeply for his soldiers' welfare.

'Rarely to be seen without a broad smile on his face, his enormous popularity was borne out of deep respect and his unbreakable sense of fun. Utterly loyal and ferociously hard-working, he was, and always will be, an inspiration to so many.

'He deployed on Operation Herrick 16 as a member of A Squadron, The Light Dragoons as a Troop Sergeant and a vehicle commander.

'In this, his core role, he thrived from the outset but, in June, he and his men were selected and trained to become Afghan Police mentors.

'Typically, Sgt Davidson attacked this new challenge with gusto, quickly proving to be an outstanding mentor. The requirement to build rapport with his Afghan partners came completely naturally to him and he died doing a job in which he was succeeding and loving. His future in The Light Dragoons was full of promise and continued promotion up the ranks was a given.'

Blast: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson's death brings the number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 427. (File picture)

Blast: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson's death brings the number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 427. (File picture)

Sgt Davidson, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, 'adored' his family and spoke of them often, the officer added.

Captain Luke Dodington, Second-in-Command, the Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron, The Light Dragoons, said: 'Sgt Davidson has been one of the most consistently excellent soldiers in A Squadron throughout training and our deployment here in Afghanistan.

'He was a driven, charismatic and caring troop sergeant who was well loved by the wider regiment, but more so by his troop.'

Warrant Officer David Rae, Regimental Sergeant Major, said: 'As a man, Davo was liked by everyone, peers, superiors and subordinates; he was easy to be around; you enjoyed spending time with him.

'There was no agenda, only a down to earth, level headed, happy, fun, chatty, articulate and intelligent Yorkshireman; and he cared about all the right things.

'His family were generally in the conversation and he doted on his wife and children. He looked upon his troop in almost equal measure and his troop knew it too...I know his soldiers are feeling this, I have witnessed it.

'I know they trusted him implicitly, I have witnessed this also.

'I know they respected him and looked up to him as the best Troop Sergeant in The Light Dragoons: it's hard to argue against this.'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, said: 'I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sgt Lee Davidson and my thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

'Sgt Davidson was a respected and skilled serviceman and his loss is a great tragedy. Sgt Davidson gave his life protecting Britain's national security; his efforts will not be in vain, and he will not be forgotten.'


 

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So very sad. Wives, mothers and children have suffered this sort of loss since the beginning of "civilization". It's a shame we can't be more civilized and stop killing each other. I don't think that day will come within any of our lifetimes.

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I cry. RIP.

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cant believe how this has been pushed to the bottom of the news page. i was looking to read this news when my partner told me about it and its unbelievable that its at the bottom. so so sad. RIP x

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Another fine young man dying for politicians, I think it is about time these soldiers started questioning Why they are in Afghanistan?

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How many more young people with full beautiful lives ahead of them have to die before they are brought home? 2014 is too far away....Meanwhile there are too many useless chavs over here in the UK, why not send them over there in exchange for the few good men still left in this Kingdom?

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And what about the most important woman in this man's life...his mother? I am so tired of it always being about the wife, the girlfriend, the fiancee...the mother rarely gets mentioned and yet she will never get over the loss. A wife, girlfriend, fiancee can move on with a new partner...the mother can never get a new son.

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RIP Sgt Davidson, yet another brave hero lost. We will honour your memory, just as those who fell before you. Our condolences to the family, God bless each and every one of you.

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Such an unnecessary waste of yet another good man..The grief of his widow has me in tears and the thought of Bliar's involvement in this ongoing carnage is enough to make me sick. RIP Sgt Davidson and may your wife and children find peace in the knowledge that you loved them all..

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No soldier should die in that country anymore. All foreign forces should pull out immediately. Nothing will ever improve. The taliban will not dissapear. The Russian and various others tried for decades to fight them and and had to give up in the end.

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I pray the MOD treat this family with the respect and dignity they deserve at this terrible time, my thoughts are with you all. RIP

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