A hero’s medal returns home

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THE mother of a Kirkcaldy-born soldier killed in Afghanistan has been presented with his campaign medal.

Jane Duffy, mum of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, joined soldiers from 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, who received their awards at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham, Rutland, last Wednesday.

His family attended the parade which followed the soldiers’ six-month tour in Afghanistan.

It was a day full of pride and remembrance for Lance Cpl Liam Tasker who was gunned down by Taliban forces while on foot patrol near Camp Bastion on March 1.

Lance Cpl Tasker (26) from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in action after saving countless lives through his role as an arms and explosives search dog handler.

The soldier was taking part in a patrol with his dog Theo when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which he was struck.

On returning to Camp Bastion, Theo suffered a seizure and died.

Jane received her son’s medal and the whole squadron got a commendation for ‘distinguished service’.

Officer Commanding Maj Caroline Emmett said Lance Cpl Tasker was “much loved and much missed.”

She said: “We haven’t had such a successful dog handler as Lance Cpl Tasker, as far as I’m aware, in the history of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

“He saved many lives and made a significant difference.

“To me, he was one of the heroes of the squadron.

‘‘Aside from that, he was larger than life ande always had time for the younger members of the squadron.”

“He was good at his job but he was also a really great guy.”