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#339400 - 29th Jul 2009 1:18pm Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan
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Tributes paid to second Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan


TRIBUTES have been paid to a second Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Trooper Phillip Lawrence from The Light Dragoons died in an explosion on Monday whilst travelling in a scimitar armoured vehicle.

He was part of a patrol in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province, helping ensure the security of an area earlier cleared as part of Operation Panchai Palang.

The father-of-one from Birkenhead had volunteered to step in to drive for another Troop to fill a temporary manning gap when his vehicle was hit by an explosion, mortally wounding him.

Tpr Lawrence's family paid the following tribute: "No words can ever explain the loss. He was our Knight in shining armour.

"Husband, dad, son, brother, grandson, son-in-law, brother-in-law, friend and in the early years The Man of The House a pleasure to be around.

"The Light has been turned off in our world but his memories will always live on in his precious daughter who he thought the world of.

"He lived for the army and died for his country. A Hero in everybody's world he will be missed by everyone always in our hearts you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace."

Born in March 1987, he enlisted in the army in July 2005.

After completing recruit training in January 2006 he conducted his Royal Armoured Corps training in Bovington before joining The Light Dragoons.

Joining C Squadron from the outset, he was deployed almost immediately on his first tour of Afghanistan in late 2006, where he quickly learnt his trade in the most demanding conditions. He was a talented, reliable and dedicated soldier.

Tpr Lawrence deployed to Afghanistan this year as part of Emsdorf Troop, a Fire Support Group attached to A Company 2 Mercian regiment.

For the first three months of the tour he had operated on foot and in Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance in Garmsir, before the battle group deployed to the Lashkar Gah district.

He was a devoted husband to his wife Amy, and doting father to their Baby daughter Jessica.

Lieutenant Colonel Gus Fair, Commanding officer The Light Dragoons, said: "Tpr Lawrence was one of the characters that make a family Regiment such as The Light Dragoons so special.

"Lenny's generous nature, inability to bear a grudge and sheer enjoyment of day to day life endeared him to us all. Everyone counted him amongst their friends, and his loss will hit the Regiment especially hard.

"He soldiered with great heart, shown both in the boxing ring and on the battlefield.

"Utterly selfless, he was mortified if he ever made a mistake, and it was impossible not to forgive him immediately as you could see just how much he cared.

"Lenny was devoted to his family, and the pride he took in his wife and daughter shone from him. It fills me with enormous sadness that Jessica, his Baby daughter, will not grow up to know her brilliant father, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Amy and his mother Gaynor as they grieve this tragic loss."

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#339586 - 30th Jul 2009 12:28pm Re: Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan [Re: ]
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Mother of Birkenhead’s Trooper Phillip Lawrence pays tribute to her son after he was killed in Afghanistan




THE mother of the latest Merseyside soldier to be killed in Afghanistan has paid touching tribute to her “loving and caring” son.

Birkenhead-born Trooper Phillip Lawrence, 22, of the Light Dragoons, died on Monday after his Scimitar armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion.

The former Ridgeway high school pupil leaves four brothers – Christopher, Liam, Ryan and Lewis – his wife Amy and Baby daughter Jessica.

His mum Gaynor Lawrence, 42, said: “Although we were mum and son, we were also best mates.

“We were a team and we all adored him.

“He loved his mum, his brothers, his wife and his little Baby girl.

“He was the man of the house – both for his wife and daughter and for our house – and was always around if me or his brothers needed him or had a problem.

“He was a loving, caring person who made friends wherever he went.

“He was also a great practical joker and didn’t take life very seriously.”

Ms Lawrence explained her son, described as “generous” and “devoted to his family” by his commanding officer, combined a wonderful sense of humour with a fierce determination to serve in the Army.

She added: “Phil had always wanted to be in the Army.

“He went into the careers office in Birkenhead when he was 16.

“They said he would make a fantastic soldier, but to come back when he was 18 and more ‘streetwise’.

“On his 18th birthday, he went back into the office, wearing a big ‘18’ badge, and told them he had come back to sign up.

“He never looked back and loved being in the Army.

“He stepped up to the mark and I am incredibly proud of him for doing that.

“When he came home from Afghanistan after his first tour, I put a big banner up saying ‘welcome home, Mummy’s little soldier’. He was not embarrassed by that – he loved it.

“We backed him all the way. Although it is very hard for us to come to terms with this, we have taken great comfort from all the messages of support we have received from our family and friends.”

Lieutenant Colonel Gus Fair, commanding officer of the Light Dragoons, said Trooper Lawrence, who was known as “Lenny” in the regiment, showed great heart in the boxing ring and the battlefield.

He said: “Trooper Lawrence was one of the characters who make a family regiment such as the Light Dragoons so special.

“Lenny’s generous nature, inability to bear a grudge and sheer enjoyment of day to day life endeared him to us all.

“Everyone counted him among their friends, and his loss will hit the regiment especially hard.

“Lenny was devoted to his family, and the pride he took in his wife and daughter shone from him.

“It fills me with enormous sadness that Jessica will not know her brilliant father.”

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#339611 - 30th Jul 2009 1:12pm Re: Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan [Re: ]
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#339614 - 30th Jul 2009 1:17pm Re: Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan [Re: bert1]
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RIP Trooper Lawrence frown Thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues he leaves behind.
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#339725 - 31st Jul 2009 1:12am Re: Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan [Re: ]
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Gaynor and family my thoughts are with you at this sad moment Steve R ex 17 liver*****rd

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#339726 - 31st Jul 2009 1:16am Re: Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan [Re: stever]
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#339727 - 31st Jul 2009 1:38am Re: Wirral soldier killed in Afghanistan [Re: topofthepops]
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this is really sad News to me this was a good friend of mine so all i gotta say is rest in peace dude i will always remember the funny times we all had in our younger years hangin about our streets playin stupid games and makin a joke of everythin and everyone.....

My thoughts are with your family and close relatives and your dear child.

REST IN PEACE FELLA....

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