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Sergeant Michael Lockett MC 11 June 1980 – 21 September 2009 was a British soldier, killed in action in Afghanistan aged 29 An improvised explosive device which he was investigating exploded injuring Lockett and two other soldiers Lockett died before he reached hospital In June 2008 Lockett was presented the Military Cross by Queen Elizabeth II, for his efforts in an attempt to recover the bodies of Pte Johan Botha and Sgt Craig Brelsford, as well as successfully rescuing four other injured soldiers He is the first soldier to die on operations who has been awarded the Military Cross since World War II

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Military Cross
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Memorial and tribute
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life

Lockett studied at Longcroft School in Beverley He had spent the majority of his career as a machine gunner, when, in 1996, he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in Tidworth Camp At this time he held many qualifications, such as the Jungle Warfare Instructor and Military Tracking Instructor

Military Cross

While fighting in Afghanistan in September 2007, Lockett, then a corporal, and the rest of his unit, were commanded to penetrate enemy lines, and ruin their posts The soldiers dubbed the mission 'Operation Certain Death', but carried it out nonetheless However, they were ambushed by Taliban troops The ambush caused the death of Private Johan Botha and Sergeant Craig Brelsford, as well as inflicting injuries on four other soldiers Michael led the remaining soldiers in an attempt to retrieve the bodies, and rescue the four injured soldiers For his "leadership, command, control and supreme courage", Lockett was awarded the Military Cross on 7 March 2008, which he later received from Queen Elizabeth II

Death

At the time of his death on 21 September 2009, Lockett was working with the Afghan National Army, at Patrol Base Sandford He had volunteered to stay at the base because new soldiers were due to arrive, and he wanted to ensure they knew as much about the local area as possible He was investigating an improvised explosive device, when it detonated, killing him, and injuring two nearby soldiers As well as being the 217th British soldier to die in Afghanistan since October 2001, he is the first soldier who has been awarded the Military Cross to later die there Lockett was the first MC recipient to be killed in action in living memory

Memorial and tribute

Lockett's body was flown back to Britain on 29 September, where hundreds filled the streets to pay tribute to him Lockett's school friends Kate Atkinson, Rochelle Booth, Kelly Jackson and Rebecca Knowles started up The Lockett Fund, which has raised hundreds of pounds for the charity Help for Heroes

Personal life

Lockett, known as "Locky" to his comrades, was the father of three He was in a relationship with Belinda English

See also

  • List of British gallantry awards for the War in Afghanistan

References

  1. ^ "Personal Details: Lockett, Michael" Armed Forces Memorial roll of honour GOVUK Retrieved 23 May 2015 
  2. ^ a b c "Military Cross hero, Sergeant Michael Lockett, killed in Afghanistan" The Times London Archived from the original on 16 April 2010 Retrieved 23 September 2009 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hero Scot killed in Afghanistan was 'most impressive soldier I've ever met', says his commander" Daily Record Retrieved 23 September 2009 
  4. ^ a b c Hickley, Matthew 23 September 2009 "The Military Cross hero killed by the Taliban after returning to front line" Daily Mail London Retrieved 23 September 2009 
  5. ^ "No 58633" The London Gazette Supplement 7 March 2008 p 3613 
  6. ^ "Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett MC killed in Afghanistan" Defence News Ministry of Defence 22 September 2009 
  7. ^ Norton-Taylor, Richard 22 September 2009 "Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Has Been Awarded Military Cross" The Guardian Retrieved 17 November 2012 
  8. ^ "Military Cross Holder Killed In Afghanistan" Sky News Archived from the original on 26 September 2009 Retrieved 23 September 2009 
  9. ^ "Medal hero Michael Lockett, 29, dies in action in Afghanistan" Daily Mirror UK Retrieved 23 September 2009 
  10. ^ "Afghanistan: Hero-sergeant decorated by Queen is killed" AGI News On Archived from the original on 4 June 2011 Retrieved 23 September 2009 
  11. ^ a b "Mike Lockett died for Queen and country" The Scottish Sun London 23 September 2009 Retrieved 28 September 2009 
  12. ^ a b "Schoolfriends' tribute fund to Sgt Lockett" Hull Daily Mail Retrieved 30 September 2009 

External links

  • "Each time I met Locky, I admired him more Brave, proud, funny … fallen", The Guardian, 22 September 2009

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