Mother-of-two shares her story of losing her husband, Lance Corporal George Davey, in Afghanistan
PUBLISHED: 08:21 05 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 05 November 2017
A mum has told how her two young daughters were able to remember their "fearless hero" father after he died in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal George Davey, from Great Yarmouth but later moved to Beccles, joined the Army in 2004 and served with the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment the same year.
But three years later, he was killed in a tragic firearms accident at his barracks in Camp Sangin in Helmand Province, aged 23.
His daughters, Millie and Morgan Fiske, were only two and one-year-olds at the time.
Their mum Jo Fiske, 32, from Loddon, met Mr Davey when she was 16 while they were both working at McDonald’s on the A146 at Gillingham.
She added: “I was in my last year at school and George was a few years older than me.
“We worked together at McDonald’s in Gillingham and just clicked.
“We got married a few years later when I was 18 and shortly after we had our eldest daughter Millie.
“One of the many things I loved about George was how caring he was. He always put his family first.
“He was a brilliant dad and would be so proud of our girls.
“He was a Christian and maintained his faith even in Afghanistan. He’d always to go church but never pushed it upon us.”
On Sunday, May 20 2007, army officials arrived at their family home and Jo received the news she had always dreaded.
She was told L/Cpl Davey had been involved in an accident but that he was still alive.
She said: “They asked me to pack my stuff, they were flying him to Birmingham and were going to drive me to see him.
“They sent the children in to the living room and I knew it wasn’t good news. They just didn’t know how to tell me what had happened.”
But sadly he did not survive and died of his injuries.
Jo added: “I was bathing the girls around the same time that he died and remember suddenly going really cold.
“I knew I was right when the officers arrived back at my house.
“Morgan was only one at the time, so didn’t really know any different, but Millie was almost three and kept asking me ‘where’s daddy?’ and I just didn’t know what to tell her.”
Millie and Morgan joined Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2012 and the charity helped them to remember their father.
They were able to join a community and speak to other children who had also lost a parent.
Jo said: “Finding Scotty’s was the best thing for my girls. They were so young when George died that they don’t really have any memories of him which they sometimes find frustrating, they only know what I tell them.
“After joining Scotty’s, they soon realised that there were many other children in the same position as them and that were not alone.
“All three of us have gained so much from Scotty’s. Both me and the girls have formed some really close friendships with other members which would not have happened without Nikki Scott and the team.
“They both still get really excited when they see a Scotty’s sticker come through the letterbox,” she added.
On the ninth anniversary of his death last year, a bench was dedicated in L/Cpl Davey’s honour on Black Boy Lane in Beccles, outside the home he once shared with his family.
At the time, both of his daughters spoke ahead of helping to reveal the plaque honouring their father.
Millie said: “My dad was a very kind person and even though I don’t have any memories of him, I still love him.”
Morgan added: “He’ll always have a place in my heart.”
Although the sisters are close in age, Jo explains they couldn’t be more different in personality.
Scotty’s has been able to arrange activities to cater for their different individual tastes in order for them to achieve their own identity.
Jo said: “Millie is very girly, she loves dancing and through Scotty’s has been able to take part in dance classes.
“Morgan, on the other hand, is much more like her dad. She joined the Sea Cadets and wants to join the Navy when she’s older.
“She’s very excited about her first Remembrance Parade this year.
“None of this would have been possible without Scotty’s. They’ve experienced so much as a member that I’m not quite sure how we would have coped without them,” she added.
How you can help
From one young woman’s determination to see her two young children smile again, Scotty’s Little Soldiers has grown to support more than 150 families who have lost a parent in the armed services.
As well as the children of personnel killed in action, it also provides a lifeline to those who have lost a parent from accident or illness.
There are a number of ways you can help them do it:
• Join the Business Heroes Club – request a free Scotty’s Business Heroes pack by emailing email@example.com or download here.
• Get Involved – volunteer or fundraise for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, find out more here.
• Take part in Bobble Hat Day! – Wear your favourite bobble hat on 8th December and donate by texting BHAT17 £2 to 70070. Find out more here.
To make a donations to Scotty’s Little Soldiers
• Text SLSC17 £2 £4 or £5 to 70070
• Or call 08000 928571.
Scotty’s shopping list
Here’s how your money can help the children of our fallen heroes:
£20 A family meal voucher for Pizza Hut
£25 An individually-selected birthday present
£60 Three anniversary vouchers, sent to members at the time of their parent’s death to remind them Scotty’s is thinking of them
£100 Ten driving lessons for a 17-year-old member
£150 One Scotty member’s annual allowance which can cover the cost of music lessons, sports clubs or school trips
£500 A family go on a break to a Scotty Lodge, including their travel expenses
£1,500 A higher-education grant for those about to head off to university
£5,000 A year’s worth of family remembrance meal vouchers for 250 children
£10,000 Amazing Christmas presents for 66 members, or 20 family holidays
£50,000 An amazing and magical Christmas party available for all Scotty members to attend
£105,000 A brand new Scotty holiday lodge to be used by children of our fallen heroes.