Hero solider killed in motorcycle accident

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A HERO solider from Retford who saved an injured policeman from a crashed helicopter has been killed in a motorycle accident.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Wayne Cuckson, 44, died after his bike collided with a car in Wootton, Oxfordshire, last week.

The solider, who lived in Shippon was from Retford and was a member of 12 Logistic Support regiment, Royal Logistics Corps.

A military funeral will take place at St Swithun’s Church, in Retford on Thursday 21st April.

WO2 Cuckson was presented with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal at Buckingham Palace after he freed a policeman from the burning wreckage of a helicopter shot down by the IRA in Northern Ireland in 1994.

He leaves behind his wife Wendy and a daughter Aimee.

In a statement, his family said: “He was an extremely courageous young man who served his country all over the world with everything he had - the Army was his life.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “He served his country for 22 years.”

“The thoughts of his colleagues within Abingdon Garrison are with family and friends at this difficult time.”

WO2 Cuckson, who was nicknamed Cookie, was rididing a blue and white Suzuki motorcycle when it was it was involved in a collision with a black Fiat Punto.

He was taken to a hospital in Oxford where he died of his injuries. Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.