Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Families Mourn Victims of War; Children Pay a Touching Tribute to Dad

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Families Mourn Victims of War; Children Pay a Touching Tribute to Dad

Article excerpt

Byline: Katie Hodge

THE children of a soldier killed by enemy mortar fire in Afghanistan have paid a touching tribute to their father saying: "We wish yesterday had never happened."

Middlesbrough-born Corporal Andrew Roberts, 32, died on Friday alongside Private Ratu Manasa Silibaravi in Nahr-e-Saraj district in Helmand province.

Friends and relatives hailed their bravery as bosses said they "undoubtedly" saved the lives of both Afghans and fellow servicemen.

Cpl Roberts' children Jessica, six, Kyle, five and Kayla, three, said: "For our brave Dad who went away to build sandcastles and stop the bad men hurting people. We love you to the moon and back.

"You are an angel in Heaven now looking down on us all, we wish yesterday had never happened and you were still here to phone us and take us out.

"You were the best Dad, we remember all the fun things we did, we will never forget you and will love you forever. You are our Hero and we will pray for you always."

The soldiers, from the Royal Logistic Corps, were attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh Battlegroup when they were caught in a fire attack on Forward Operating Base Ouellette.

Cpl Roberts' girlfriend, mother-of-one Paula Ewers, said: "Andrew truly was a hero and I'm so proud of what he achieved, he was such a special, kind and caring person.

"I was blessed to have spent the past two and a half years with Andrew. He made me and my son Josh so happy. I have lost my soul mate and my best friend. The memories I have of our time together I will hold in my heart forever."

Cpl Roberts was on his second tour of Afghanistan and had served on operations in Bosnia and Iraq. The Section Commander in 23 Pioneer Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps was responsible for leading a team trying to detect Improvised Explosive Devices in high risk areas.

"Cpl Roberts not only facilitated freedom of movement for International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan National Security Forces, but also undoubtedly saved the lives of both Afghans and International personnel," the Ministry of Defence said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.