Rosie-Ann Stone and Private Liam Fisher, both 22, married in a touching ceremony, after meeting at her brother Gregg’s inquest in 2013.
“I’m sure Gregg would have sat me down and grilled me. He’d have told me to look after his little sister, but he would be pleased.”
Soldiers Gregg and Liam were on a tour in Afghanistan, trying to rescue a policeman who had been captured and held hostage by the Taliban. Unfortunately Gregg (Rosie-Ann’s brother) was tragically shot. A bullet hit Liam’s helmet as he tried desperately to save his dying friend. With his wife pregnant back at home, he sadly died in June 2012 aged just 20. From the darkness and anguish however, love blossomed as Rosie-Ann learned of Liam’s heroic actions during her brother’s inquest.
Liam and Rosie-Ann later wed. Gregg’s widow Sam was bridesmaid, and Sam and Gregg’s daughter, Grace, who was born six months after he died, was flower girl.
Rev Canon Michael Smith said; “I know some of you have been to some really dark and painful places.
“We remember in God’s presence Gregg and Jennie. We remember love never dies. We remember them and all our loved ones who’ve died as they share with us this day in our prayers.”
“We are so happy. Gregg would be shocked, but so pleased.
“Mum and Dad feel as though Gregg sent Liam to me. When we got together, people were sceptical. People thought, ‘Is she looking for comfort?’ But I love him.”
The couple was granted special permission to wed at the prestigious minster after Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu heard of Liam’s bravery.
Describing Gregg’s final moments, Liam, of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, said previously: “It was a jungle. The rounds came flying.”
And on his relationship with Rosie-Ann, he added: “I’m sure Gregg would have sat me down and grilled me. He’d have told me to look after his little sister, but he would be pleased.”