THE family of soldier Liam Riley gathered at Sheffield Town Hall to be presented with his posthumous award for his “bravery and selflessness”.
Cpl Riley, aged 21, from Killamarsh, died a year ago this week in a bomb blast while helping a colleague who was blown up by an explosion moments earlier, on foot patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, the soldier he was trying to save, also died.
Cpl Riley, of the Third Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was awarded a Mention In Despatches, one of the Army’s top honours for gallantry, last autumn.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Alan Law, presented the certificate to Cpl Riley’s parents Cheryl Routledge and Mick Riley, watched by relatives and colleagues from his regiment.
Cpl Riley’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Vallings, said: “He was an inspirational leader of men and was the youngest corporal in the battalion.
“I have little doubt that he was heading to the top of his unique profession. He led by example, with boundless energy and an infectious smile that would spur his team on when life got tough.”
A full military funeral was held at Sheffield Cathedral for Liam Riley, who grew up in Beighton and Sothall.