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Slain UK soldier and his dog return home

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Slain UK soldier and his dog return home


The repatriation of British soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan is always a sombre affair. It is sadly an all too familiar scene for the people of the English town of Wootton Basset.

The latest story has a difference. Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, who was shot dead by snipers in Helmand province, was repatriated with the ashes of Theo, his Springer Spaniel.

The dog died of a fatal seizure, hours after his handler was killed.

Ian Tasker, the Lance Corporal’s father, said: “My honest opinion on this is, when Liam went down, Theo did not have the comfort from Liam to calm him down. I truly believe when Theo went back to the kennel, that would have a big, big impact because Liam was not there to comfort him.’‘

Filmed together recently, the handler and his loyal companion were praised for the number of weapons they uncovered – 14 in five months. It meant their stay in Afghanistan was extended by a month.

Military chiefs won’t go as far as to say that Theo died of a broken heart, but the two were apparently inseparable.

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