The Officer Commanding C Company, Major Matthew Thorp, has paid the following tribute to Fusilier Manning:
"May I start by expressing my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fusilier Manning.
"In the two years with the Fusiliers in both Belfast and Iraq, Fusilier Manning had made many friends in both C and D Companies and across the Battalion, he will be sorely missed by them all. It was typical of Stephen’s love of his profession and dedication that he volunteered to deploy with C Company to Iraq in April.
"At the end of the six month tour he was due to return to D Company, and was looking forward to a bright future and life with the Battalion in Cyprus.
"Above all, his many friends in the Company and across the Regiment remember his generosity of spirit, and his cheerfulness.
"The thoughts and prayers of the whole Company are with his family and friends at this terrible time."
Fusilier Manning's family issued the following statement:
"Stephen was a loving son and grandson who will be deeply missed. He was proud to be a soldier and died doing the job that he loved. As a family we would now ask that the media respect our privacy at this most difficult time".