Lcpl Tay Cheeseman
PARENTS of a 21-year-old Notts soldier who died suddenly from cancer after being taken ill in Afghanistan have spoken of their "beautiful brave boy".
Lance Corporal Taran Cheeseman of the 4th Battalion the Rifles, died on Sunday, June 7, just a week after he arrived in Camp Bastion. Dad Steven, and Mum Tracey were with him during his last few days after he was flown back to Birmingham.
The Mansfield soldier, known as 'Tay' or 'Cheesy', is believed to have died from an aggressive form of cancer – lymphoma or leukaemia – from which he had no chance of surviving. Mr Cheeseman said: "He was a legend. He was confident but never cocky with it. He would have a go at anything, he was very brave. "But he passed away in no pain, he didn't know what was happening."
L/Cpl Cheeseman joined the Army in 2005 after attending Intake Farm Primary School and Nursery, Cumberland Middle School and Queen Elizabeth's Comprehensive.