A soldier knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack just hours after returning from Afghanistan has died in hospital. David Grout suffered severe head injuries in an incident outside Eston Institute, Eston, Middlesbrough, last Tuesday. Cleveland Police confirmed that the 22-year-old died in Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital at lunchtime today. David, who joined the Army straight from school, leaves wife Kerry and 20-month old son Harley. He had returned from fighting in Afghanistan only seven hours before he was attacked. He was out with his mother and step-father in Eston, and had gone outside the Institute for a cigarette at around 6.30pm when he was attacked and found unconscious by members of the public. As a member of the 204 Squadron of the Royal Signals, based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, he had spent the previous two months in Helmand Province before returning home for a short break.