A British soldier has died in hospital from wounds sustained three years ago in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced on 24 July.

Lance Corporal Michael Campbell, of Colwyn Bay, north Wales, was shot in the stomach while crossing a road in Helmand in April 2012, having come up against "accurate, heavy and sustained enemy fire."

"Despite being wounded, L/Cpl Campbell continued to suppress the enemy, drawing fire on to himself so that the remainder of the multiple could cross an open and exposed area to get into better cover," the MoD said in a statement.

The Army reservist was evacuated first to Camp Bastion in Helmand province, before being taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

He was readmitted to the same hospital earlier this year, where he died on 23 July.

'Welsh warrior'

Colleagues have paid tribute to L/Cpl Campbell, who they called "an outstanding soldier."

"L/Cpl Campbell epitomised everything a reservist in 3 R Welsh should be - dedicated, professional and willing to volunteer on operations wherever he was required, a true Welsh warrior," the MoD said.

"The battalion has lost a charismatic and loyal friend and our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Chrissy and his wider family at this very difficult time."

Retired Lt Col Stephen Webb said: "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."

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said L/Cpl Campbell was "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 duty in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.

"It is particularly tragic that Michael Campbell should die of wounds after such a period of time and I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones at this sad time."

L/Cpl Michael Campbell leaves behind wife Chris Ann and four children.