UK soldier, loyal dog, make final journey

2011-03-10 14:01

London - The body of a British soldier shot dead in Afghanistan is being flown home - alongside the loyal dog who died of a seizure after his master was killed.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight in Helmand Province last week. Theo, his bomb-sniffing springer spaniel, suffered a fatal seizure soon afterward at a British army base.

The 26-year-old soldier and the dog had been in Afghanistan for six months, uncovering roadside bombs.

Tasker's body is being flown back to an air force base in England on Thursday. The flight will also carry the ashes of Theo.

The cortege is due to pass through the town of Wootton Bassett, where local people line the streets in a mark of respect each time a dead solder is repatriated.

  • Nels - 2011-03-10 14:16

    May you both Rest In Peace.

  • wipi1 - 2011-03-10 14:22

    Thoughts and words are not enough!!! May You Rest In Peace the both of you!!!!! Godspeed.

  • Mandy - 2011-03-10 14:26

    Together forever. RIP

  • threezero - 2011-03-10 14:34

    Rest in peace

  • - 2011-03-10 14:57

    Rest in peace. These stories are always so sad.

  • Ernie - 2011-03-10 15:04

    rest in peace

  • Indian Chief - 2011-03-10 15:09

    Saddest story I've heard in a long time !!! RIP you both

  • kerry garcia - 2011-03-10 15:09

    Rest in Peace......when are they pulling these solders out of that country

  • Sharon - 2011-03-10 15:34

    Rest in Peace brave heroes. The Heavenly Garden has two more Angels, one human and one dog.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-03-10 15:38

    They care more about the dog than the people of afghanistan

      Eish! - 2011-03-10 17:20

      Stuff off, idiot. This is a story about a man and his dog, not the plight of the afghanistanis. You're in the wrong place - DummiesR-US forums can be found inthe ANCYL website. Tosser!

      Balsakhater - 2011-06-07 07:34

      They were removing bombs to make it saver for the people of Afghanistan -Poepol - They gave there lives for the people - F%ckhead -

      Zanu - 2011-06-07 07:49


  • goya - 2011-03-10 15:51

    RIP Always sad, another young life lost.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-12-14 09:31

    So sad.. so senseless

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