The family of fallen SAS Sgt Blaine Diddams say he should not be remembered simply as a soldier but also as a loving father with an infectious sense of humour.
The body of Sgt Diddams was flown to Pearce airbase yesterday where it was received by a guard of honour comprised of the dead soldier's SAS comrades. The elite warrior was killed last week during a gun battle with insurgents in southern Afghanistan while on his seventh tour of Afghanistan.
His wife Toni-Ann and the couple's two children, Elle-Lou and Henry, issued a statement last night saying "Didds" had died in a place "very foreign to most of us" surrounded by his mates and doing what he loved.
"Given how he passed it would be easy to define him as just a soldier, but to those that knew him he was so much more," the family said.
"Didds was the most loving of husbands and a devoted and very proud father to our children ... whenever he could, he loved watching the kids play sport and taught them at a very young age to ski.
"Skiing was a passion for Didds and each year our family would take a ski trip together come hell or high water. We will look back at these holidays and cherish the moments we shared with Didds.
"He lived his life to the fullest, his enthusiasm and humour were utterly infectious, if you were around Didds you were having a good time. Everyone has a 'Didds story'."