Nelson soldier’s body to be flown home

L/Cpl Foley
L/Cpl Foley

THE body of the Nelson soldier shot dead in Afghanistan while protecting his comrades will be flown home today.

Father-of-three Lance Corporal Michael Foley (25), of Reedyford Road, was named by the Ministry of Defence as one of the two British servicemen shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier on Monday.

L/Cpl Foley, of the Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support) has been described by senior army officials as a “loyal friend, loving husband, devoted and proud father” with a “cheeky wit” who had “constant smiles amid adversity”.

His body will be flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire today where a private ceremony will be held for his family.

L/Cpl Foley was killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base, Helmand province, by an Afghan National Army soldier.

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

There’s more on this tragic report in this week’s Leader-Times Newspapers. You can also leave a tribute to L/Cpl Foley below.