Medal of honour for tragic soldier

Undated MoD handout photo of Corporal Jack Stanley from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish), who has died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, more than two months after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 9, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated MoD handout photo of Corporal Jack Stanley from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish), who has died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, more than two months after being injured in an explosion in Afghanistan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 9, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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THE Blackpool dad of a soldier who died two months after he was caught in an explosion in Afghanistan has accepted a medal of honour in his memory.

Corporal Jack Stanley, of The Queen’s Royal Hussars died in hospital on Easter Sunday.

The 26-year-old had been injured in a blast from an improvised explosive device seven weeks earlier.

Cpl Stanley, who was born in Bolton but moved to Littleborough in Rochdale as a child, was a section commander who was deployed to Afghanistan last October.

His parents, dad Tom Stanley, from Marton, and mum Brenda Wilson travelled to Germany to accept the Elizabeth Cross in his name from the Duke of Edinburgh.

The medal is meant for the next of kin of service personnel who have been killed in action or who have died from wounds suffered on military operations.

Receiving the honour, Cpl Stanley’s father Tom praised his son’s comrades, who also collected service medals for their tours of duty on the day.

He said: “They know so much about him and speak very warmly of our son.

“Many came to see him when he was in hospital and it means a lot to come and see them get their medals too.”

The soldier’s mother added: “I did say to His Royal Highness I would prefer my son but soldiers love medals.

“But if this would make Jack happy, and it would, that I got a medal he’d be thrilled and so I’m thrilled.”

Corporal Stanley was a pupil at Todmorden High School before he joined the Army in January 2003.

He was just a few weeks away from finishing his tour of duty in Afghanistan when he set out on what was to be his final patrol on February 3.

Cpl Stanley was 300 metres away from his base in Lashkar Gah city when Taliban forces attacked his patrol. The young soldier dropped to one knee to return fire — but as he stood up again he triggered an improvised explosive device

He was later evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he died on April 8.