Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Proud Victoria plants cross in memory of Army hero dad

The daughter of a Northern Ireland soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan has planted a cross in memory of her father in a Field of Remembrance at Belfast City Hall.

Victoria Hale (19) was joined by her mother, DUP MLA Brenda Hale, as she planted the Remembrance Cross featuring the image of Captain Mark Hale who was killed on August 13, 2009.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Gavin Robinson and Dame Mary Peters also led a parade at the event which honoured and remembered loved ones killed while serving in the armed forces. Captain Hale was a trauma risk and management officer in the Army with responsibility to spot stress in his comrades after a death or major incident.

His unit was searching a mosque for ammunition when a soldier triggered an improvised explosive device.

A wounded Captain Hale tried to help the casualties when a second explosion occurred.

He died later of injures at the British base, Camp Bastion.

His widow said: “To say that we miss him is an understatement and we can never explain the depth of how lonely we are without him.”

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