|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1983|
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 2011|
The Royal Irish Regiment
He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
LCpl McKee was killed when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while on operations in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
Age 27, he was from Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. He joined the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment as a part-time soldier and transferred to the 1st Battalion in 2007, serving for three years in B Company. He first deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and completed the Machine Gun Section Commanders course before his second tour in January 2011. A commanding officer lauded LCpl McKee as "the finest of men; he was irrepressible, he was utterly reliable and he was a fearsome warrior." Colleagues called him a quiet man, brilliant soldier and a true friend.
He had strong family connections with the regiment, with two brothers, a cousin and his father-in-law all serving in the 1st Battalion, and with another brother serving in the 2nd Battalion. Described as a doting husband and family man, Stephen and his wife were grieving the passing last year of their day-old daughter Keely. He was also involved in rugby, football, the Carlingford Lough Orange Order and the Downshire Guiding Star Flute Band.
LCpl McKee leaves behind his wife Carley, parents Heather and Bobby, brothers Michael, Gareth and Robert, and sisters Kelly and Rebecca, along with other relatives and friends. His wife said, "You will always be my hero and every step I take in life, I will have my two angels looking after me. You truly are the best husband, father, son and brother anyone could ask for. Till we meet again. Love you always."
Funeral with full military honours will be held on March 26, 2011 at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Banbridge.
Banbridge New Cemetery
County Down, Northern Ireland
Created by: Milou
Record added: Mar 11, 2011
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