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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 19:35 GMT 20:35 UK
Pregnant wife mourns Army 'hero'
Corporal Marc Taylor
Cpl Taylor "was very positive about his time in Iraq"
The pregnant wife of a soldier killed in an ambush in Iraq said he died doing the job he loved.

Corporal Marc Taylor, 27, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was one of two soldiers killed when their convoy was attacked outside Basra on Monday.

His wife Olivia, who is expecting their second child in April, said he was a "hero" to everyone who knew him.

The couple have a two-year-old daughter, Sophia, and lived at military quarters in Winchester, Hampshire.

All of his family are proud that he died doing the job he wanted to do - he was a hero to all of us and everyone who knew him
Olivia, Cpl Taylor's wife

She said: "He was an Army man through and through. He was always very positive about his time in Iraq, and serving his country.

"He enjoyed the particular job he was doing, helping the Iraqi people rebuild their lives.

"All of his family are proud that he died doing the job he wanted to do. He was a hero to all of us and everyone who knew him."

Cpl Taylor, nicknamed Spud by colleagues, served with the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

He was a calm, confident leader who easily gained the respect of all who had the privilege of knowing him
Regimental spokesman

Cpl Taylor, who attended Whitby High School, joined the Army 11 years ago and served in Germany, the former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland.

He was sent to Iraq in command of a four-man team with B Battery Royal Horse Artillery in April. He last saw his wife and family in July, when he had two weeks' leave.

The team was initially responsible for the mentoring and training of the Serious Crimes Unit of the Basra police.

A regimental spokesman said: "He was a calm, confident leader who easily gained the respect of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

"In the year he had been with the regiment he made many good friends and will be sorely missed by all, in particular the members of the Workshop and B Battery. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family."




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