Painting of tragic soldier auctioned off for charity

AN artist’s impression of a soldier who died in Afghanistan will be auctioned off in Kimberley on St George’s Day.

The picture of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker will be bought by officers in the soldier’s regiment, who have said they will turn up on the day and pay as much as it takes to win the painting.

The money will go to the Help for Heroes charity and the regiment will give the picture to the soldier’s family.

Lance Corporal Tasker was killed last month by sniper fire and his dog who he worked with died of a broken heart the following day.

Nottingham artist Mick Green did the pencil drawing of the tragic soldier and his dog earlier this year and is auctioning it off for charity, along with several other pieces, at the Nelson and Railway pub on April 23.

He is currently working on completing a picture of Harry Patch, the last surviving World War One soldier who died last year.

It will be sold at another charity auction, that will raise money for SSAFA – Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association Forces Help.

The auction in Kimberley, on St George’s Day, will start at 7.30pm.

Mr Green is also a woodcarver and illustrator.