The family of a fallen Poulton soldier have been presented with an unusual tribute to their heroic son and brother.
As the Fylde coast fell silent for two minutes on Armistice Day yesterday, the loss of Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton, 21, was more prominent than ever among his loved ones.
The soldier was killed in Afghanistan on April 30 when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated during a patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province, in Afghanistan.
Fusilier Flint-Broughton’s name was last week added to Poulton’s War Memorial – the first name since the Second World War to be added.
And his family have also received a moving tribute from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland – the regiment which he had served with.
The shell casing from a gun fired to mark the end of a minute’s silence during Fusilier Flint-Broughton’s repatriation from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, was engraved with the details of the ceremony and attached to four smaller shells to form a cross.
It was presented to the family as a lasting tribute to the Tithebarn Street soldier.
Coun Terry Rogers, Wyre Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “He had a short career with the Fusiliers and this again just shows how highly regarded he was.
“To give the family this kind of honour for Sam is absolutely fantastic news. He must have been very well respected by them.
“It was an honour for Wyre borough and myself to get his name on the war memorial, there was pride in doing that.
“I hope the family can take some sort of pride in them being given this (honour by the regiment).”
His father Dave Broughton has previously spoken to The Gazette after his son’s name was added to the Poulton war memorial.
He said: “It is very comforting to have his name on there and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Fusilier was on first tour of country
Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton was killed in Afghanistan on April 30.
He was part of a routine patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated.
The former Collegiate High School was on his first tour of Afghanistan having signed up to the Army in March 2012.
Fusilier Flint-Broughton died alongside Cpl William Savage, 30, and Pte Robert Murray Hetherington, 25.
Their deaths marked the first time British troops died in an armoured Mastiff vehicle since it was introduced in 2007.
Fusilier Flint-Broughton is survived by his dad, mum Karen Flint, plus step mum Shirley Broughton and siblings Daniel, Jason, David, Linsey, Corina and Porcha.