Memorial for Cwmbran soldier

Corporal Michael Thacker, from 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh, was killed in Afghanistan last month. His old school is unveiling a memorial in his memory.

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Cwmbran soldier remembered at former school

Corporal Thacker served with 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh Credit: Ministry of Defence

Fairwater High School in Cwmbran is unveiling a memorial to former pupil, Corporal Michael Thacker, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

There will be a special assembly at the school at lunchtime today, with some members of Corporal Thacker's family in attendance.

'Michael's colleagues will be thinking of him'

The funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has been held with full military honours at Coventry Cathedral.

Corporal Michael Thacker was originally from Wales but settled in Coventry with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

The 27-year-old was hit by small arms fire while while manning an observation post at Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province on June 1st.

His closest colleagues from First Batallion the Royal Welsh Fusiliers were unable to attend today's service, but Major Dave Crimmins, who was present, said Michael would be in their thoughts today.


Cwmbran soldier repatriated

The hearse carrying the body of Corporal Michael Thacker lead the cortege away from RAF Brize Norton.

Friends and family of Corporal Michael Thacker of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh Guards lined the route.

The 27 year-old was killed after he was shot and fatally wounded in Afghanistan on Friday 1st July.

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