Burnley Town Hall flag at half-mast for soldier killed in Afghanistan

L/Cpl Foley
L/Cpl Foley

TRIBUTES have flooded in for a Burnley-born soldier shot by a rogue Afghan soldier.

Lance Corporal Michael Foley (25), of the Adjutant General’s Corps, was killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base, Helmand province, by the Afghan National Army soldier on Monday.

The father-of-three was manning the front gate alongside Sergeant Luke Taylor, of the Royal Marines.

The flag is flying at half-mast at Burnley Town Hall to honour the soldier whose body is being flown back today.

He has been described by Army officials as a “loyal friend, loving husband, devoted and proud father” with a “cheeky wit”.

Known to friends as “Axel”, he leaves his wife, Sophie, and young children Calum, Warren and Jake, as well as parents, Craig and Debbie, sister Lisa and brother Jordan.

Burnley and Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle described the news as “tragic” and offered his condolences to L/Cpl Foley’s family.

He said: “It really brings it home when it is a local lad who is killed. I am desperately sorry about it. He is the second soldier from our area to have been killed in the conflict.”

The former Colne Primet High School pupil, who attended Barrowford School, had enlisted into the Army on leaving school in 2003.

L/Cpl Foley joined the Royal Logistic Corps six months later before re-training to become a Combat Human Resources Specialist.

He provided close administrative support to the Task Force Commander and was a key enabler of the efforts of headquarters’ staff.

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