Soldier from Rutland base killed in Afghanistan

L/Cpl Liam Tasker with his military working dog Theo training in Camp Bastion
L/Cpl Liam Tasker with his military working dog Theo training in Camp Bastion

A SOLDIER who was based at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

L/Cpl Liam Tasker, 26, was a member of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment and was based at Camp Bastion.

On Tuesday he was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when he was shot and died. Theo suffered a seizure and died later the same day.

His mother Jane Duffy, father Ian Tasker, brother Ian, sisters Laura and Nicola, and girlfriend Leah have all paid tribute to Liam who they described as “larger than life.”

To pay tribute to L/Cpl Tasker e-mail smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk

Tributes:

Ironically LCpl Tasker was nearing the end of his deployment in Helmand with the military working dog unit when he was fatally wounded this week. He and Theo had worked day in and day out to protect the troops he served alongside, as well as the people of Helmand, from explosive devices burried in the ground. Highly regarded by those whom he served alongside, this is a tragic loss for all concerned. Thoughts are now with his immediate family and closest friends.

Leon Roberts