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Lance Corporal Liam Tasker Afghanistan Casualties

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Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Liam Richard Tasker deployed to Afghanistan on 8th September 2010 as part of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment. Having trained as an Arms Explosive Search handler he was attached to 1st Battalion Irish Guards on 19th February 2011.

On 1st March 2011, LCpl Tasker was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which LCpl Tasker was struck and died from the injuries he sustained.  Sadly on return to Camp Bastion, Theo, suffered a seizure and died.

LCpl Liam Tasker was born on the 11th December 1984 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.  He joined the Army in 2001 and was originally a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. His passion though, was always dogs which led to his transfer to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 2007.  A trainer who had a natural empathy with dogs, he was a rising star within the Dog Training group. In 2010, he was posted to 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland, part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.

From the onset of his operational tour in Afghanistan, he provided strong search and clearance capability for units across Helmand Province.  In a short period of time, he had significant success locating Improvised Explosive Devices, weapons and bomb making equipment.  His success undoubtedly saved many lives.

Lance Corporal Tasker was an outgoing, jovial and friendly character. He was extremely popular within the Squadron.  His easy going, confident approach belied a consummate professional.  He always strived to be the best and within the Squadron he was one of the best and he will be sorely missed by all in the Squadron.  He can never be replaced and will always be remembered.  He was a fun, friendly, talkative character who always wanted the best from his dog, his troops, and himself.

He leaves behind his mother Jane Duffy, his father Ian Tasker, his brother Ian and his two sisters, Laura and Nicola, and girlfriend Leah.

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