27 year old Corporal Michael Thacker was part of the Fire Support Group manning an observation post in the Helmand district when he was shot. He could not be saved, despite the best efforts of medical staff.
Corporal Thacker was born in Swindon, Wiltshire and joined The Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 2004. He leaves behind a wife, parents and two year old daughter.
His wife Catherine said: "Michael was the love of my life. He was an amazing husband and father who will always be remembers as a funny loving and kind man."
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