Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In Honour of Hero; Proud Family Organise Event to Raise Cash for Wounded

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In Honour of Hero; Proud Family Organise Event to Raise Cash for Wounded

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Byline: SONIA SHARMA

FEARLESS and full of courage, Rifleman Jonathon Allott died protecting his country.

The 19-year-old, who served with the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, went to Afghanistan in September to help clear the ground of improvised explosive devices.

He suffered fatal wounds after one of them exploded in Sangin, in the Helmand province, on March 5. Now the brave soldier's family want to make sure his memory lives on forever.

His dad, Michael Allott, has organised a charity family fun day in his honour.

Mr Allott, 45, of North Shields, said: "When Jonny joined the Army, he had found what he was looking for in life. He loved his job. It is what he wanted.

"The last time I saw him was in September, before he was deployed to Afghanistan. We went out to Tynemouth for a couple of beers and a curry. I had just had a hip operation and was on crutches. Jonny was looking after me and running around me. I honestly thought he would come back from Afghanistan.

"There was something about him, he was a very positive person and was always smiling.

"The news of his death came as a big shock to us. It hit the family hard.

"But we get comfort from all the tributes people have paid to him. He had a lot of friends who thought very highly of him. He was a popular lad and loved life. I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him.

"Now I feel like I need to do something positive and help others. We also want to celebrate Jonny's life. We felt this charity event was the best way to do that."

Jonny was born in North Shields and went to King Edward Primary School. At the age of nine, he moved away from Tyneside after his parents separated.

He joined the Army in 2008 and completed his training in Catterick in May last year. He then joined The Rifles in Edinburgh in June.

In Afghanistan, he was employed as a front man in his patrol. …

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