A FUNDRAISING page has been set up in memory of soldier Wesley McConnell.

The Star reported as touching tributes were made to Wes, who passed away aged 35 on Sunday, January 26.

Wesley, who was platoon sergeant, served in the military for nearly 20 years.

This included in Cyprus, Germany, the Falkland Islands, Kenya, Canada, twice in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Wesley, from Boundary Road, featured in the Star in 2012 when he was of 22 specially selected soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster infantry unit’s three battalions, which recruit from across the north west, to take part in a trip to South Africa and received the freedom of the city of Ladysmith.

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A close friend said to the Star: "He was a strong man, he was fun and had a good character. He was very warm-hearted and would do anything for everyone.

"He was one in a million.

"Wesley was a family member, a friend, a soldier and he was loved by many people he had met throughout his army life.

"We will be doing Wesley proud by giving him a full military funeral and showing him just how much he was loved."

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A GoFundMe page has been launched in memory of Wesley. Proceeds will go to a PTSD charity and a mental health charity which Wes supported.

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The page says: "He was a much loved uncle, great uncle, brother and dear friend to all that knew him.

"He was a well respected Plt Sgt and had many friends around the globe.

"Wes will be greatly missed by all those that had the pleasure of serving with him, and those that knew him outside of the army family.

"Rather then sending flowers for the funeral, the family have asked that this page be set up in his memory, so if anyone would like to donate, then the funds will be split between a PTSD charity and mental health charity of which Wes supported.

"The funds will not bring our Wes back, but it will go to help other soldiers and veterans that are still struggling with PTSD and mental health issues.

"Rest in peace now Wes, we will always love you and never forget you.

"Stand easy warrior your duty is done xx".

  • To donate, visit the page here .