Sapper Walker not wearing body armour when killed

Sapper Richard Walker was not wearing body armour when he was killed in Afghanistan, an inquest has heard.

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Soldier repatriated on Wearside

Sapper Walker was killed and six others injured when the Afghan soldier opened fire on international and ANA troops.

He leaves behind a young daughter, Lilly-Faith, who he had only known for 18 months before he was deployed for his first tour of Afghanistan in September.

"Richard held two things close to his heart - his daughter and his colleagues

in the Army.

A proud, patriotic man, he died doing a job he loved, supporting his friends."

  • Family of Sapper Walker

"Sapper Walker was the epitome of a true Sapper, one who would roll up his sleeves and get on with the task in hand no matter what, but importantly he would do it with great humour."

  • Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment

At 11am, Sedgefield village green fell silent as veterans paid their respects once again.

It has become a local focal point for many as members of Sedgefield Village Veterans gather to mark each loss.

It was confirmed yesterday that another British soldier died in hospital from wounds suffered in combat in Afghanistan. He was from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and was flown back to Britain for treatment.

The number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 now stands at 440.

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