A brave Liverpool soldier killed himself weeks after his friend who he served alongside committed suicide following a battle with PTSD.
Rifleman John Paul Finnigan, from Huyton, stood shoulder to shoulder with Kevin Williams and on the front line in the same regiment and forged an “undeniable bond”.
In 2007 they were pictured beaming with pride as they posed with Iraqi security forces during an eight-month tour of the war-ravaged country with 2nd Battalion The Rifles.
But both struggled to adapt to civilian life after they left the Army as they were tormented by PTSD, night terrors, visions of death and feelings of being unable to cope.
Finally Kevin, who was 29, lost his terrible internal struggle and took his own life.
And loved ones of dad-of-three John Paul, who was 34, believe that tipped him over the edge and prompted his own suicide only 12 weeks later.