Collection for heroes by soldier’s nephew

Collection: Finlay O'Neill, six, who is doing a poppy appeal in memory of his uncle Kris O'Neill
Collection: Finlay O'Neill, six, who is doing a poppy appeal in memory of his uncle Kris O'Neill
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A LITTLE boy whose uncle was killed while serving in Iraq is collecting money to help other war heroes.

Finlay O’Neill, from Siddal in Halifax, is only six years old but has launched his own poppy appeal in memory of Corporal Kris O’Neill.

His dad Mick said “He knows what it’s about and what happened and the collection is him doing his bit.

“He’s taken a couple of quid out of his money box and he tells people that if they can’t put any money in, he’ll put it in for them.”

Finlay, who goes to Siddal Primary School, did the same collection last year by asking friends and family, and raised £150.

His aim is to beat that total this year.

Corporal O’Neill, originally from Sowerby, was based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

He was 27 when he was killed while working as a combat medical technician with 34 Field Hospital.

The father-of-two died when the armoured vehicle in which he was travelling was hit by a roadside bomb in Basra in April 2007.

Three colleagues, including Prince William’s friend Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer and a civilian interpreter, were also killed in the blast.

In 2009 his widow Tina was presented with the Elizabeth Cross, a medal given to relatives of personnel killed while serving their country.