Serviceman killed by Afghan soldier named as Bournemouth Royal Marine Luke Taylor

Bournemouth Echo: Sergeant Luke Taylor Sergeant Luke Taylor

ONE of the British servicemen shot dead by an Afghan soldier on Monday has been named as Sergeant Luke Taylor from Bournemouth.

The 33-year-old Royal Marine died alongside married father-of-three Lance Corporal Michael Foley, of the Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support), while the pair were serving as part of Task Force Helmand.

They were shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand Province.

Sergeant Taylor, who was a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, had only been in Afghanistan for four weeks.

He leaves his wife Nicola, whom he married in 2008, and their young son Roan, behind.

It is understood that Sergeant Taylor, who joined the Royal Marines in 1997, often spoke of his family in the UK and he was described as “outstandingly professional” with a keen sense of humour and “the desire to excel”.

His Commanding Officer said: “Sergeant Luke Taylor was one of those very unique ‘soldiers’ who combined the highest professional standards with a completely disarming and relaxed personality.

“With a wealth of experience under his belt, he was fearless and would tackle every challenge head on with his usual charismatic but direct approach.

“He was a natural focal point; those junior would look up to him, those above would listen when he spoke.”

He added that Sergeant Taylor would be remembered as a natural leader with “inspirational flair” who was devoted to his family.

A colleague said: “Luke was the kind of guy you wanted next to you – regardless of the situation, he was a cool head and a source of endless banter.”

The colleague said Sergeant Taylor was “completely dedicated and loyal to his family” and was also a keen rugby player.

They added: “It is difficult to try and sum Luke up in just these few words – we all miss him, but that is of course nothing compared to his devoted wife, Niki, and loving son, Roan. Our thoughts are with them.

“We will celebrate his achievements and the memories he has given us. Luke – thank you from us all for the good times you gave us and the stories that we will carry on telling long into the future."

Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond MP, said both men were “brave and committed servicemen” who died to protect Britain’s national security.

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5:03pm Wed 28 Mar 12

Leigh_GM says...

I remember Luke from Bethany Junior School, and his brother was friends with my brother for many years.

My condolences go out to his family and friends.
I remember Luke from Bethany Junior School, and his brother was friends with my brother for many years. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Leigh_GM
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5:06pm Wed 28 Mar 12

CHERRIESJIM says...

I remember Luke from twynham, top lad. Thoughts are with his family
I remember Luke from twynham, top lad. Thoughts are with his family CHERRIESJIM
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6:33pm Wed 28 Mar 12

O'Reilly says...

What a waste of a young man's life. Shot by people we are supporting. The Duke of Wellington pointed out 200 years ago..'fielding an Army in Afghanistan large enough to avoid defeat, would cost more than the country is worth.' We are proving that contention today.
Condolonces to Luke's Family and Friends.
What a waste of a young man's life. Shot by people we are supporting. The Duke of Wellington pointed out 200 years ago..'fielding an Army in Afghanistan large enough to avoid defeat, would cost more than the country is worth.' We are proving that contention today. Condolonces to Luke's Family and Friends. O'Reilly
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6:41pm Wed 28 Mar 12

itsallgammon says...

R I P and thank you Sergeant Taylor. I am humbled by men of your quality who serve and make the world safer for me and mine. My condolences to your family and friends. Your sacrifice must never be forgotten. How many more will this apeasement to Blairs' ego cost? I hope that he can afford to pay for the indulgences.
R I P and thank you Sergeant Taylor. I am humbled by men of your quality who serve and make the world safer for me and mine. My condolences to your family and friends. Your sacrifice must never be forgotten. How many more will this apeasement to Blairs' ego cost? I hope that he can afford to pay for the indulgences. itsallgammon
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8:17pm Wed 28 Mar 12

rudolph_hucker says...

i echo the above condolences
i hope they get\got the scum who did this
this man was there to help
this is his thanks
he knew the risks no doubt
but did not deserve to die this way
i echo the above condolences i hope they get\got the scum who did this this man was there to help this is his thanks he knew the risks no doubt but did not deserve to die this way rudolph_hucker
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11:00pm Wed 28 Mar 12

afcb-mark says...

RIP Luke. My thoughts go out to Luke's family and friends.
RIP Luke. My thoughts go out to Luke's family and friends. afcb-mark
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2:42am Thu 29 Mar 12

billd766 says...

O'Reilly wrote:
What a waste of a young man's life. Shot by people we are supporting. The Duke of Wellington pointed out 200 years ago..'fielding an Army in Afghanistan large enough to avoid defeat, would cost more than the country is worth.' We are proving that contention today.
Condolonces to Luke's Family and Friends.
Why is it that no government EVER reads history so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
We are not defending the UK in Afghanistan.
We are squandering money that could and should be spent on our own people and our own country.
Much worse we are squandering lives of good men and women to no purpose.
When the Western forces leave Afghanistan as they have done before over the years nothing much will have changed for the better.
My condolences to both Luke's family and friends and to the families of all the others who have died.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: What a waste of a young man's life. Shot by people we are supporting. The Duke of Wellington pointed out 200 years ago..'fielding an Army in Afghanistan large enough to avoid defeat, would cost more than the country is worth.' We are proving that contention today. Condolonces to Luke's Family and Friends.[/p][/quote]Why is it that no government EVER reads history so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past. We are not defending the UK in Afghanistan. We are squandering money that could and should be spent on our own people and our own country. Much worse we are squandering lives of good men and women to no purpose. When the Western forces leave Afghanistan as they have done before over the years nothing much will have changed for the better. My condolences to both Luke's family and friends and to the families of all the others who have died. billd766
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10:23pm Thu 29 Mar 12

robsmith123 says...

no point commenting on here, as if you have an alternative viewpoint it is deleted. Taylor is a hero, not someone performing circus tricks in a plane.
no point commenting on here, as if you have an alternative viewpoint it is deleted. Taylor is a hero, not someone performing circus tricks in a plane. robsmith123
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1:03am Fri 30 Mar 12

Dog friendly 1 says...

RIP, so very, very sad x
RIP, so very, very sad x Dog friendly 1
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8:28am Fri 30 Mar 12

Lollycat says...

Such a sad loss. Thank you luke for serving this country. Rest in peace x
Such a sad loss. Thank you luke for serving this country. Rest in peace x Lollycat
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9:22am Fri 30 Mar 12

Bone surgeon says...

I was exteremely sorry to hear about Luke. I remember that he and I did the commando course together. I will always remember his fierce determination and utter professionalism in the face of adversity. Im sure it was no different in Afghanistan. Rest well brother.
I was exteremely sorry to hear about Luke. I remember that he and I did the commando course together. I will always remember his fierce determination and utter professionalism in the face of adversity. Im sure it was no different in Afghanistan. Rest well brother. Bone surgeon
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5:54pm Sat 31 Mar 12

lcp says...

You will be missed, a brave young man. Rest in peace Luke we will allways remember you.
You will be missed, a brave young man. Rest in peace Luke we will allways remember you. lcp
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