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The family of a man found dead in Kendal have paid tribute to their "true hero".
On Saturday 27th October police were called to the sudden death of a 20 year old man in the Lound Street area of Kendal. His family have paid tribute to “a true professional solider” who will “always be a true hero.”
He was identified as Ryan Ward, from Kendal who was a soldier, a Kingsman, with the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and had been attached to the Yorkshire Regiment.
He leaves his mum Kathryn, his dad Richard and brother Mark.
Kingsman Ward's family said: "Ryan was a true professional soldier who loved his job and lived his life to the full. He served 2nd Battalion Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment with great honour. He also deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and served them with distinction. During his time in the Army Ryan had shown undoubted loyalty to his brothers in arms, they regarded Ryan as a true esteemed colleague. One of many highlights of Ryan’s Army career was to represent AFC Harrogate in Australia on a rugby league tour, which he was immensely proud of. He will be sadly missed by his Mother, Father, Brother, Family and friends. He will always be a true hero in all our hearts."
Lieutenant Colonel Neil Unsworth, the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said: “The 2nd Battalion is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Kingsman Ryan Ward. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this awful time.”
There are no suspicious circumstances and the case has been passed to the coroner.