Pix: LC Liam Tasker Funeral


    TEARS and tributes flowed today at the funeral of an “amazing” Scottish soldier who died with his dog in Afghanistan.

    The funeral of 26-year-old Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was held in his home town of Tayport in Fife, with hundreds of mourners turning out to pay their respects.

    The ceremony was held at Tayport Parish Church for the soldier, who was part of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

    He died after being hit by a sniper while he was on patrol with his springer spaniel dog Theo.

    Theo died later while on his way back to the base at Camp Bastion, following a seizure. His ashes, which were flown home on the same plane as Liam’s body, have been handed over to the soldier’s family.

    Liam’s family gathered at the entrance of the church, watching on gravely as his coffin was placed gently back in the funeral car. His brother never left his mother’s side.

    Flower wreaths designed to say ”son” and ”dude” were also placed in the vehicle.

    The soldier’s body was taken to a private burial, where a 12-strong team of soldiers were said to be firing a salute.