Thorne widow is learning to cope

Charity football match between Light Dragoons and Thorne Colliery. Jamie Davidson (three) left, and Jayden Davidson (four) lead out the teams.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Charity football match between Light Dragoons and Thorne Colliery. Jamie Davidson (three) left, and Jayden Davidson (four) lead out the teams. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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The widow of a war hero killed in action has spoken about how she and her family are learning to cope with his loss.

Samantha Davidson was speaking as this week marked the first anniversary of Sgt Lee Davidson’s death in Afghanistan.

rossparry.co.uk/syndication/Ian Greenfield'Picture shows Sgt Davidson and his wife, Samantha,  on their wedding day held at St Nicholas Church in Thorne,  2011.'Today Monday the first of October 2012 a full military funeral, for Sgt Lee Davidson of the  Light Dragoons killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be held at the same church where Sgt Davidson and his wife, Samantha, married last year.

rossparry.co.uk/syndication/Ian Greenfield'Picture shows Sgt Davidson and his wife, Samantha, on their wedding day held at St Nicholas Church in Thorne, 2011.'Today Monday the first of October 2012 a full military funeral, for Sgt Lee Davidson of the Light Dragoons killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be held at the same church where Sgt Davidson and his wife, Samantha, married last year.

The 32-year-old from Thorne was killed when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb while he was serving with the Light Dragoons in Helmand Province.

Samantha was pregnant at the time and went on to give birth to their daughter Amelia, now nine-months-old.

Talking about the last year Samantha, 27, said: “I’ve got to the part when I’m not crying every single day.

“I’m learning to deal and cope. The kids keep me busy so I haven’t really got the time to think about it.”

On Monday a charity football match was held in Sgt Davidson’s memory at Moorends Recreation Ground.

Samantha described the memorial as ‘bittersweet’, but was enjoyed by two sons Jayden, four, and Jamie, three - who acted as mascots.

Sgt Davidson’s friend and comrade Scott Malam, who served with him in Afghanistan, decided to mark the anniversary by organising the match in aid of Scotty’s Little Children, the charity for children of personnel killed while serving in the Armed Forces.

The game saw an Army team beaten 5-2 by Thorne Colliery.

Samantha thanked her husband’s former colleagues, friends and family for their support.

She added: “It went really well, there were loads there and there would have been more but most of the lads (soldiers) are serving in Canada.

“The Army lot were gutted with the score, and she said that Jayden and Jamie cherished the part they played.

“They loved it,” said Samantha. They went running down and then walked on with the ball, they had massive smiles on their faces. It was lovely to see them.

“We all talked about Lee, the good times, and it was lovely. Everyone was really supportive. Lee was more of a rugby fan but he would be so chuffed and so happy to know that this football match had been organised.”