Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Marine Michael Laski, Signals Detachment, Yankee Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines, died at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham from wounds sustained in Afghanistan two days earlier.
He had been part of a foot patrol which came under heavy enemy fire while on open ground. Marine Laski was hit and never regained consciousness. He had joined the Royal Marines in 2006, soon deploying to Afghanistan, and returning in 2008 after completing the Signals Specialisation course. Marine Laski was noted for his professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication. His personality and sense of humour made him popular; his colleagues could depend on his loyalty, courage, tenacity and compassion.
Major Rich Parvin said of him: “Marine Mick Laski was a sharp-witted and thoughtful individual with an active mind. His ‘scouse’ wit was always well-timed and he would often break the tension at moments of pressure with his dry sense of humour. Brave in combat and always ready to assist others in any task, he was all that a Royal Marine should be. Whether he was providing covering fire to get his comrades out of danger or maintaining communications for the company in his role as a signaller, he was always exactly where he was needed and getting things done. He was a professional in every sense and a Commando in the very best of traditions; a thinking man’s soldier. He was mortally-wounded whilst fighting alongside his comrades, doing the job that he loved and thrived in, and set the standards for all around him to follow. His loss is a tragedy, but his life was a gift to all who knew him. He lived his life with a determination to always succeed against adversity, but he did this with humility, dignity and humanity. It was a privilege to serve alongside him.”
Michael, from Liverpool, was 21 years old.