A British soldier has died in Ukraine after traveling to the country to help in their fight against Russia.
Simon Lingard, who had served in the British Special Forces, died Monday and is believed to be the third British citizen to have been killed in the war in Ukraine.
The father of two, who has made several trips to Afghanistan with the British army, has died “fighting for what he believed in,” his family said.
Lingard, known as “Grimmy” and described by friends as a “warrior,” is said to have fought alongside Ukrainian troops on the front lines for months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
But his son, Jackson, wrote on Facebook that his father died after his party was attacked by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
He wrote: ‘After spending years of his time and effort protecting our country, my father, Si Grimmy Lingard, still had more struggle in him and left the country to fight the people of Ukraine against the Russian army as well. to protect.
“My heart is broken to announce that his company has been attacked and that Father has passed away in battle, a true hero and loved by so many of us.
Simon Lingard, who had served in the British Special Forces, died Monday and is believed to be the third British citizen to have been killed in the war in Ukraine to date
Lingard, who served with the British army several times in Afghanistan, died “fighting for what he believed in,” his family said.
“I can’t put into words how much he is (and will be) missed, but I am comforted to know that this happened while he was doing what he loved and surrounded by friends. I love you daddy, I’m so proud of you.’
He added: “The Ukrainian military has offered to pay the fees to bring him back home, but we still need some support to give him the farewell he deserves.”
Lingard’s family has raised over £7,000 to date GoFundMe for Lingard’s funeral.
Lingard, from Great Harwood, Lancashire, is said to be the third Briton to die fighting in Ukraine after the Russian invasion of the country on February 24.
Jordan Gatley, 24, died in June after leaving the British Army in March, while former Private Scott Sibley, 36, died in April.
Lingard is believed to be the third Briton to die fighting in Ukraine after the Russian invasion of the country on February 24. Jordan Gatley, 24, (right) died in June after leaving the British Army in March, while former Private Scott Sibley, 36, (left) died in April
Lingard has been described by his family as ‘an inspiration to all who knew him’.
One of his children wrote on the crowdfunding page: ‘As most people know, my father Simon Lingard (Grimmy) unfortunately passed away on Monday 7 November in Ukraine.
“My father was an inspiration to all who knew him, a true hero who died fighting for what he believed in.
He was loved and adored by so many, a true representation of what a soldier should be. Me and Keane are absolutely devastated.’
They added: “The Ukrainian army has offered to take him to England, but we need help to show him the respect and adoration he deserves by giving him the most well-deserved farewell.
“Could you please find it in your hearts to donate anything, however small, so that we can honor our father and finally let him rest in peace.”
One of Lingard’s friends wrote on Facebook: RIP Simon ‘Grimmy Lingard’, can’t describe how I feel right now. What a warrior. A real man.
“I’ll miss you mate and though you’re not here, you have my word I’ll finish what we started.”
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