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Private Gregg Thomas Stone, from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, Private Gregg Thomas Stone, from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan. He had been taking part in a mission to rescue an Afghan policeman who had been abducted by insurgents, when his unit came under fire and he was fatally wounded. He had deployed to Afghanistan three weeks earlier as part of 6 Platoon, Burma company. He had joined the Army in 2009 and trained as a Light Machine Gunner, and had been looking forward to attending the JNCO course on returning home. Sergeant Geoffrey Marshall, Platoon Sergeant, said: "Private Gregg Stone had a very infectious personality and a good sense of humour. He was a keen, enthusiastic, and professional young soldier with a bright, promising career ahead of him; definitely a star of the future. He had the respect of his friends, his peers and the Platoon. He will be sorely missed. The poem above his bed space and above his door at the Checkpoint where he lived was titled ‘Invictus’; part of which he always read before going on patrol. ‘I am the master of my fate; I am the Captain of my soul.’ Rest in peace Gregg." Private Stone's sister later met and married Private Liam Fisher, who had valiantly tried to save his comrade, and was lucky to survive himself after a bullet hit his helmet as he dragged his dying friend into a ditch, before lying on top of him to protect him. Gregg, from Hull, was 20 years old and married to his childhood sweetheart, who was pregnant with their first child.

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