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Elizabeth Cross presented to the family of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker

May 11, 2011

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has presented the Elizabeth Cross to the family of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker at a private ceremony held at the Defence Animal Centre.

Liam’s mother Jane Duffy collected the medal together with his father Ian Tasker, brother Ian, his two sisters Laura and Nicola, and his girlfriend Leah.

Princess Anne presents the Elizabeth Cross to Lance Corporal Liam Taskers mother Jane Duffy and father Ian Tasker

Lance Corporal Tasker deployed to Afghanistan on 8 September 2010 as part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment. Having trained as an Arms and Explosives Search dog handler, he was attached to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on 19 February 2011.

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

Liam’s mother Jane Duffy said: “It was a great honour to receive the Elizabeth Cross from Princess Anne. It has been a memorable and emotional day, but also a very proud occasion.”

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker's mother with the Elizabeth Cross

The Elizabeth Cross was introduced in 2009 to give recognition to bereaved families of soldiers killed on operations, or as a result of terrorist actions since January 1, 1948. Each individual cross carries the name of the soldier, sailor or airman who died serving his country.

The Defence Animal Centre is responsible for the procurement and training of all military working dogs, and delivering dog handler courses, from Explosive Detection Dog Handler through to Protection dog and Police Dog training.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane Feist permalink
    May 11, 2011 19:37

    Really pleased that Liam’s bravery has been recognised. Does anyone know what happened to Theo’s ashes? Really hope he ended up back with his buddy!!

  2. May 11, 2011 20:04

    I think Theos ashes came back with Liam and that they are together.

    • karen permalink
      May 12, 2011 18:25

      yes they are trust me… they are now again together, one man and his dog, now they can rest in peace together

  3. jack permalink
    May 11, 2011 20:58

    bless liam and theo. also bless his mum, dad and family. we will not forget.

  4. May 11, 2011 22:19

    RIP Liam and Theo, never far from our thoughts, to the family of Liam, your sorrow and loss is our sorrow and loss. This country owes a great debt of gratitude to the Men and Women and families of all who take the Queens shilling.

  5. Jhr permalink
    May 12, 2011 14:04

    RIP Liam and Theo

  6. karen permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:29

    Rest In Peace My Soldier, And Theo Of The Irish Guards, Join Your Commrades In The Sky,
    And Those Who Are Still Here, Will Now Fight The Fight For You, Thinking Of Your Family And Loved Ones

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