Tayport hero’s name added to war memorial

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker's name has been added to Tayport war memorial.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker's name has been added to Tayport war memorial.

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LANCE Corporal Liam Tasker’s name has been added to Tayport war memorial.

A rededication ceremony was held at the memorial on Thursday, following a short service at Tayport Parish Church attended by family and friends, along with Fife dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion.

Lance Corporal Tasker, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Having trained as an arms and explosives search dog handler, he was attached to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

Lance Corporal Tasker was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which the young solder was struck and died from the injuries he sustained.

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

At the time of his death, Lance Corporal Tasker’s family said: “There are three words that best describe Liam – larger than life.

“He lit up every room he walked into with his cheeky smile.

“He was the best son, grandson, brother and friend you could ever wish to meet.

“He died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about.

“We are so proud of him and everything he’s achieved.

“Words can’t describe how sorely he will be missed.”

More coverage in next week’s Fife Herald.