11 Mar '11, 1am

UK soldier & loyal dog deployed in Afghanistan make final journey together after both die on the same day

UK soldier & loyal dog deployed in Afghanistan make final journey together after both die on the same day

A file photograph shows British soldier Lance Corporal Liam Tasker posing for a photograph with his military working dog Theo, a springer spaniel, during a training session in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON - LIAM and Theo were a team, fast friends doing a dangerous job - searching out roadside bombs laid by insurgents in Afghanistan. The jovial British soldier and his irrepressible dog worked and played together for months, and died on the same day. On Thursday they came home, flown back to Britain in a sombre repatriation ceremony for the soldier remembered for his empathy with animals and the companion he loved. Lance Cpl Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province on March 1 as he searched for explosives with Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel mix. The dog suffer...

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