Remembrance Day: 'He should never have been out there' - family of killed Elm Park soldier Ian Fisher express their grief
PUBLISHED: 15:13 10 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:13 10 November 2013
Remembrance Sunday was especially poignant in Elm Park this year as a community grieved for Ian Fisher, the "lovely", "professional and sincere" soldier and dad-of-two killed in action in Afghanistan this week.
Warrant officer second class Ian’s mother Helen Fisher, 69, and sister Lynda Fisher, 38, visited the Elm Park Royal British Legion in Maylands Avenue to lay a cross in memory of their son and brother.
“It’s the biggest loss I’ve ever had,” said brave Helen, of Elm Park.
“It’s a total and utter waste of a life.
“He should never have been out there – the whole effort has been a waste of time.
“When Ian first went out [to Afghanistan] he thought he was going to be doing a fantastic job. But the last letter I got from him said: ‘Why are we here?’”
Helen said Ian had felt Afghan leaders did not appreciate the work being done by Allied forces in the country. “They’ve done a hell of a lot of good out there, building roads and dams and so on,” she added.
Ian’s younger sister Lynda, of Woking, said the 42-year-old had been “a lovely son and father”.
She added: “He had a lovely sense of humour. He was very professional in his working life and very sincere in his personal life.”
Ian, who went to school in Hornchurch and grew up in the area where his parents still live, leaves two young children, William and James.
“The children are devastated,” said Helen. “They know [about Ian’s death], but they don’t understand.
“His wife Emma is totally distraught.”
Helen added Ian’s father Simon was too upset to attend.
Fr Tom Keighley also used the service after the traditional Remembrance Sunday parade to pay tribute to Ian.