Devon

Soldier memorial plaque unveiled in Newton Abbot

Peter and Carol Thompson
Image caption Peter and Carol Thompson unveiled the plaque at Newton Abbot War Memorial

The parents of a Devon man who was killed in Afghanistan have unveiled a plaque in his memory on Armistice Day.

Peter and Carol Thompson unveiled the plaque in honour of Corporal Stephen Thompson, 31, who was killed in Afghanistan in March.

The plaque was revealed at Newton Abbot War Memorial as part of a number of services across the county.

Mrs Thompson said: "It's lovely for us to come here and know that his name will be here forever."

The 31-year-old, from Bovey Tracey, was serving with 1 Rifles in Sangin when he was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED).

Image caption Cpl Thompson was serving with 1st Battalion The Rifles in Helmand

Described as an "outstanding rifleman" and "a fine leader", he was killed after volunteering to take an injured comrade's place on the front line.

Mrs Thompson said: "He loved his life, he really enjoyed it, and he did the thing he enjoyed doing and that's what he died doing, and we're so grateful to have his name here now."

Mr Thompson added: "He was working his way up. He'd got the qualifications to become a Sergeant. He enjoyed his life in the army."

Cpl Thompson is buried at the military cemetery at 1 Rifles' barracks in Chepstow, Gwent.

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