Family of Calderdale fallen soldier Kris O’Neill say their thoughts are with relatives of six feared dead in Afghanistan

Corporal Kris O'Neill
Corporal Kris O'Neill

THE family of Corporal O’Neill know too well what the relatives of the six soldiers feared dead in Afghanistan are going through.

They lost the much-loved 27-year-old from Sowerby in a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.

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

His brother Mick, from Siddal in Halifax, said the pain has not go any easier with time.

“We know what the relatives of these soldiers are going through and what they are going to have to go through,” he said.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to them.”

It will be five years next month since a bereavement officer from the army came to Corporal O’Neill’s family’s door to bring them the devastating news.

Mick said hearing of any soldier’s death or injury now brings back to him and the rest of his family what they have lost.

“It never gets easier,” he said.

“If you’re just sat on your own you’ll start thinking about him and his loss.

“He’ll never be forgotten.”

Corporal O’Neill was based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

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.