THE family of a Barnsley soldier who died last week while serving in Afghanistan is trying to raise £100,000 in his memory.

Private Matthew Thornton, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS), was killed on November 9 by an improvised explosive device while out on patrol.

Private Thornton - who celebrated his 28th birthday last week - went to Darton High School and went on to work at Premdor. He joined the army in 2004, left in 2007 but re-enlisted into D Company in September 2009.

His brother Nathan set up a Just Giving page at the weekend and says the family want to raise £100,000.

He wrote: "We are setting up this donation page for all the fallen hereos lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as well as those lost in other conflicts and those who are effected by these losses.

"My brother Private Matthew Adam Thornton will be greatly missed by all who he touched and by all who knew him dearly. He was the best brother anyone could ever want, and sadly died doing what he did best which was protect those around him and look out for everyone he could.

"He was a true legend, an absolutely amazing brother to me and my sister, an even better son to my parents. Things will be difficult for a long time to come but your donations and support will help us all dearly, not just our family but the families of all the troops still in the conflicts and sadly those who are no longer here."

The money raised in his name will be sent to Help the Heroes. To donate, go here