Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch, 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in action by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack, which occurred in Sangin, but they recovered after receiving medical attention.
Lance Corporal McCulloch joined the army in 2001. He served with distinction in Northern Ireland and twice in Iraq, and is described as an enthusiastic soldier who was held in high regard by all ranks. He had a bright, good-humoured and likeable personality, made friends easily and packed a lot of living into his too-short life.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael McGovern praised him: "He was a truly outstanding soldier, very colourful and a real character. Larger than life, Lance Corporal McCulloch was a delight to have around and always the centre of attention. Operationally, he was extremely experienced and served on Op TELIC 1, the liberation of Iraq and in Northern Ireland. Most recently, he completed a six-month tour in Baghdad and southern Iraq. He loved soldiering and was one of the first to volunteer to deploy to Afghanistan just to be with his mates."
Luke, born in Cape Town, was 21 years old.