A Wirral soldier who battled Afghan insurgents despite having a broken back has been awarded one of the highest honours for gallantry.
A former soldier from Preston, Lancashire, has received the only service medal he was entitled to … 42 years late
An inquest has heard a soldier from Runcorn threatened to kill himself shortly before he was found dead at an army base in Afghanistan.
The uncles of Lance Corporal Michael Foley says his nephew was a "was a fantastic soldier and a great father" and that he died "doing the job he loved".
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The body of a soldier from Lancashire who was killed in Afghanistan will be returned home later. Michael Foley from Burnley was killed by a rogue Afghan soldier who opened fire on troops at the British Headquarters in Helmand province. A Royal Marine also died.
The body of a soldier from Lancashire who was killed in Afghanistan will be returned home later. Michael Foley from Burnley was killed by a rogue Afghan soldier who opened fire on troops at the British base in Helmand province. A Royal Marine also died.
Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, has spoken of his constituency's pride in those who serve their country in the armed forces after the death of Lance Corporal Michael Foley in Afghanistan.
– Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle
This is absolutely tragic news.
We've many very proud mothers and fathers round here who see their sons and daughters join the British armed forces and this is a reminder that some of them make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
– Sergeant Richard Dawson-Jones, Information Hub Manager
Axel used to give me lifts home after exhausting PT sessions, and then he would make me climb all over his childrens' car seats, refusing to take them out in case he needed to take them anywhere. It was simple, his kids came first.
Axel, you will be sorely missed; our thoughts and prayers are with Sophie, Calum, Warren and Jake.
Tributes to LCpl Michael Foley, nicknamed 'Axel' have continued to pour in. LCpl Foley leaves behind wife, Sophie, and three young children, Calum, Warren and Jake.
– Staff Sergeant Anthony Howley, Chief Clerk, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade
"I have known Axel a little over 12 months, a fellow proud northerner from Lancashire! Axel was an absolute star, a person I held in huge regard, a dedicated husband, father and soldier.
Nothing was ever too much trouble, never a complainer; the zeal and energy for life he possessed is rare, backed up with a cracking sense of humour.