Murdered Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby was married in Halifax

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who was named today as the soldier hacked to death in Woolwich
Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who was named today as the soldier hacked to death in Woolwich
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A soldier brutally cut down by Islamic militants has been named as Lee Rigby who married Southowram girl Rebecca Metcalfe.

They tied the knot at St Anne’s Church, Southowram, in October 2007.

The 25-year-old, of 2nd Batallion the Royal Regiment of Fusilliers, was killed in front of shocked onlookers.

Witnesses said he was attacked by two men with a number of weapons, including knives and a meat cleaver, while they shouted the name of “Allah”.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said everyone had been “shocked and saddened” by Drummer Rigby’s death.

“This was a senseless murder of a soldier who has served the army faithfully in a variety of roles including operational tours in Afghanistan,” he said.

“Our thoughts today are with his family and loved ones who are trying to come to terms with this terrible loss.”

Full report, background and local reaction in tomorrow’s Courier.