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Havering Town Hall flies Union Flag at half-mast as mark of respect for killed Elm Park soldier Ian Fisher, 42

PUBLISHED: 15:31 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:19 08 November 2013

Warrant Officer class 2 Ian Michael Fisher

Warrant Officer class 2 Ian Michael Fisher

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Havering Council is flying the Union Flag at half mast over the town hall as a mark of respect for Elm Park soldier Ian Fisher, who was killed in an Afghan suicide attack just days before Remembrance Sunday.

Today, Ian’s friends and family paid tribute to a “doting father, loving husband and a true professional”.

Dad-of-two Ian Fisher, 42, went to Havering College – then known as Havering Tech – after attending Sanders Draper School and Ayloff Primary School – now Elm Park Primary.

The warrant officer class 2 (WO2), who served with the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. He had been meeting the Afghan National Security Forces when a suicide bomber drove into his vehicle.

He leaves his wife Emma, sons James, seven, and William, five, and parents Simon and Helen.

In a statement, Emma said: “Ian will always be the centre of my life. He will be remembered as a doting father, loving husband and a true professional soldier.

“He loved being a soldier – that’s what he lived for.

“We are all so proud and always will be.”

His fellow student at primary and secondary school Julie Letts told the Recorder: “I remember clearly Ian and that he was a really, really nice bright boy. My thoughts go out to all his family and friends.”

Havering College principal Maria Thompson said staff and students were “deeply saddened to hear of Ian’s untimely death”, while Sanders Draper head John McEachern added: “The whole school community at Sanders Draper is saddened to hear about the death of Ian Fisher.” Both said their thoughts were with Ian’s family and friends.

Mayor of Havering Council, Councillor Eric Munday said:“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of Warrant Officer Ian Fisher. He gave his life in the service of his country and he will be in our thoughts this weekend, as we remember our Countries heroes.”

Ian is believed to be the first person from the borough to die in service in Afghanistan since operations began in October 2001. He is the 446th British soldier to be killed there in 12 years.

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