Liam Tasker & Theo

 An army sniffer dog has died hours after his handler was killed in AfghanistanLiam

 

Theo, a springer spaniel, had a seizure after Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was killed by small arms fire while they were on patrol in Helmand province.

The 22-month-old dog holds the record for finding the most weapons and homemade bombs in Afghanistan.

Theo managed to find 14 IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and weapons caches in five months.

L/Cpl Tasker of The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, had praised the dog for his dedication.
“I am the proudest girlfriend there could ever be and there will be an LT-sized hole in my life forever”
 Lance Corporal Liam Tasker’s girlfriend Leah Walters

“I love my job and working with Theo,” he said last month. “He has a great character and never tires.

“He can’t wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing.”

L/Cpl Tasker died from his injuries, while Theo died after returning to Camp Bastion.

The death of 26-year-old L/Cpl Tasker, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, brings the total number of UK military personnel to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 358.

His girlfriend Leah Walters said: “LT never met anyone without touching their lives in some way.

“The amount of support both I and his family have received in the last day alone pays testament to this.

“I am the proudest girlfriend there could ever be and there will be an LT-sized hole in my life forever. Sleep well, my darling, my soulmate, my best friend.”

Apart from Theo, five other British military dogs have been killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and November last year.

The animals were being used either to sniff out explosives or to protect UK troops when they died.
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liamandtheoThe body of a soldier who died along with his record breaking sniffer dog in Afghanistan last week has returned home to the UK.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, was shot dead while on patrol in Helmand province.

The ashes of the 26-year-old’s dog Theo were flown home on the same plane.

L/Cpl Tasker, who was called a “rising star” by Army chiefs, was shot by Taliban snipers and Theo died of a seizure shortly after his master.

The soldier and his 22-month-old dog had made 14 finds in five months while on the frontline.

The pair’s successes at uncovering so many explosives and weapons had resulted in their tour of Afghanistan being extended by a month.

Just three weeks ago, springer spaniel Theo was praised as a record breaking Army sniffer dog.

The body of L/Cpl Tasker and the ashes of Theo were flown to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire at lunchtime, before a cortege passed through Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town which has built up a tradition of welcoming back fallen heroes.

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