Military Cross Holder Killed In Afghanistan

Such terrible news--such a terrific soldier.

Military Cross Holder Killed In Afghanistan

8:48pm UK, Tuesday September 22, 2009
A British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been named as Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett MC.

Acting Sergeant Cross receiving the Military Cross

Acting Sergeant Lockett is the first Military Cross holder to die in Afghanistan

Acting Sergeant Lockett was on dismounted patrol in the Gereshk district when he was killed by an explosion.

He was investigating the discovery of an improvised explosive device when it detonated.

His death brought to 217 the number of UK troops to have died in Afghanistan since October 2001.

The Acting Sergeant was close to completing his third tour of Afghanistan and when he died was mentoring his replacements from the Yorkshire Regiment.

He was one of the most impressive soldiers I have ever met.

Acting Sgt Lockett's commanding officer

The 29-year-old was serving with the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), and is the first Military Cross holder to die in Afghanistan.

He was awarded the medal for displaying "selfless commitment and unshakable bravery" while leading his platoon to rescue wounded British troops ambushed by the Taliban.

Acting Sergeant Lockett's commanding officer, Lt Col Simon Banton, said the Mercian Regiment had lost "a true hero".

Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment

Sgt Lockett: "A true hero"

"He was one of the most impressive soldiers I have ever met," Lt Col Banton said.

"In every aspect of his military bearing he set an example that others would wish to match."

He leaves behind three children, Connor, Chloe and Courtney, as well as his girlfriend Belinda.

His parents, Mal and April, said: "He was everything that we could ever have wanted in a son and was a devoted father.

"Words cannot express what he meant to his close and wider family and his many friends.

"His passing has left a huge void in all our lives that can never be filled."

Belinda English, his girlfriend, said simply: "For Queen and Country."

Acting Sgt Lockett had served three times in Afghanistan as well as in Bosnia and Northern Ireland.
Just seen this on the news. RIP
RIP. A account of the action in which Sgt Lockett won the MC can be found here. A truly amazing story of heroism.
My Sincere Condolences to the Family and Friends of a Brave Man

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