Nelson soldier’s body is repatriated

L/Cpl Foley
L/Cpl Foley

THE body of L/Cpl Michael Foley has been repatriated to the UK.

His family were joined at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire by hundreds of people to honour the fallen soldier from the Adjutant General’s Corps.

The father-of-three who was just 25, was shot dead by a rogue soldier from the Afghan National Army while manning the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base on Monday.

His comrade Sgt. Luke Taylor of the Royal Marines was also killed.

The bodies of the two men and a third serviceman also killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb were all flown home yesterday.

Their coffins were carried one by one from the plane, draped in Union flags.

L/Cpl Foley leaves behind his wife, Sophie, and young children, Calum, Warren and Jake, as well as parents, Craig and Debbie, sister, Lisa and brother, Jordan.

They paid tribute to the “proud” L/Cpl Foley who had only been deployed to Afghanistan in September of last year.

“Michael passed away while on operational duty in Afghanistan where he was very proud to be serving his country in support of our combined forces in this theatre of operations.

“He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and everyone privileged to serve with him both on his last tour and during his military career.”

Private services were held for their families before their corteges left for the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Families placed white and red roses on the convoy of hearses as they slowed to a stop.

As they left the crowd erupted in applause.