June 4, 2012

Michael Thacker

British Corporal Michael John Thacker, age 27, of Wales, died on June 1, 2012, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from sniper fire. 

Michael was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers).

He went to Fairwater High School in Cwmbran, South Wales, before joining the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers in 2004. 

He was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Telic 4 and to South Armagh in Northern Ireland in 2005. He was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Light a candle for Michael.
Light his way to Heaven.
Military officials describe Michael as a larger than life character, highly competent, fiercely loyal and hugely proud of his family. He was mischievous, fun, incredibly amiable and with a grin that would brighten the darkest of days. He had a bright future in Fire Support Company ahead of him. He was a professional soldier and a natural leader. 

His wife described him as an amazing husband and father, who was a funny, loving and kind man.

Family members describe him as one of those people who would help others before helping himself. He could light up a dark room, always making people laugh because of his great personality.

Michael is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother and father, Alison and David; his three brothers - Matthew, Mark and Ashley; and his wife, Catherine and 2 year old daughter, Millie.

Let us pray that Michael Thacker is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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