A “loyal” soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan will be memorialised by having a road named after him.

Private Thomas Lake’s name was put forward by Watford Rural Parish Council after suggestions were made by his friends that a new road in South Oxhey be called Tom Lake Way.

The former Joan of Arc student from Northwood was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj area of Helmand on November 20, 2011.

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Private Thomas Lake

Private Lake, 29, had ties with South Oxhey Jets founder, John Elliott, who supported the decision by Three Rivers to name the road after him and who said the soldier was “very close to my heart”.

His mother, Carol Lake, said: “I think it’s a lovely idea, I want Tom to be remembered. It’s important he’s not forgotten.

“He used to play football in South Oxhey when he was home from the army. He loved football and all kinds of sports. He was an action man.

“He had lots of friends, he was kind, loving, loyal and funny. I miss his smile and his hugs.”

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Private Lake’s mother Carol lays a wreath at the Jets vs 1PWRR match

Private Lake was with Four Platoon from B Company, One Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment on the day he was killed.

Jets founder John Elliott said: “Tom was so bubbly and fun. My family and I were lucky enough to share personal time with him and his best mate Martin Togher. Tom is very close to my heart.

“He was one of the lads still remembered quickly and with affection. Always in the centre of everything. He paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“We are delighted Tom is going to be honoured in this way and that his memory will live on through this naming.

“It means a lot that his regimental badge will be included on the signage. Many thanks to all involved.”

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Leader of Three Rivers, Sara Bedford, said: “I’m delighted a local hero is being honoured in this way and thank Tom’s family for their permission to use his name. The road signs will also bear his regimental badge.

“Many of the new buildings and roads in South Oxhey will bear the names of people who have contributed to the local community over the last century. It’s a good way to keep those people alive in the thoughts of residents old and new.”