Tributes to popular Westhoughton soldier who died in A666 horror crash

Tony Emery in his Fusiliers uniform

Tony Emery on duty

CRITICAL: Paige Jeffery

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular soldier who died in a horrific car crash on St Peter's Way.

Tony Emery, a 24-year-old soldier in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died at the scene of the crash on Monday.

The red Volkswagen Golf he was driving overturned on the A666 northbound near the Kearsley roundabout before plunging into a ditch.

Police yesterday arrested a 22-year-old driver — who is understood to have been driving another car — on suspicion of causing his death by dangerous driving and he has been released on bail until March 11.

Firefighters had to cut Fusilier Emery from the car, along with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Paige Jeffery, who was taken to Salford Royal Hospital with critical injuries.

She is understood to have broken her neck, hip and pelvis in the crash, but is said to be showing signs of improvement.

Police gave her name as Paige Palmer, but she calls herself Paige Jeffery on Facebook.

Fusilier Emery, from Westhoughton, had been on three tours, including Afghanistan and Iraq, but returned to his home town before Christmas.

It is believed his brother also died in a car crash three years ago.

His family were too upset to talk to The Bolton News yesterday.

Westhoughton High School headteacher Phil Hart said: “We are deeply sorry to hear about the tragic death of one of our former students.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”

Fusilier Emery’s commanding officer, Lt Col Jim Taylor, from the Second Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: “Fusilier Tony Emery served with B Company, Second Fusiliers, where he was universally popular and much-liked by his peers and his chain of command.

“He will forever be remembered by his regimental family.

“Tony’s life has been tragically cut short and our most sincere sympathies and condolences are with his family and friends. He will be painfully missed by everyone in the Second Fusiliers. He was a committed son, brother, uncle and soldier. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier.”


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Cllr David Chadwick, who represents Westhoughton South on Bolton Council, said: “I am very sad that around Christmas and New Year, the family find themselves in a situation where a son has died in these circumstances.

“It must be incredibly difficult for them. I cannot imagine what the grief must be like to lose a son or daughter. I send heartfelt sympathies to the family.”

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8564742.

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9:39am Wed 8 Jan 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

Heart goes out to the family - he went on active duty and ends up losing his life at home, not to mention losing another son also in a car crash.

Rest in Peace both of you lads.
Heart goes out to the family - he went on active duty and ends up losing his life at home, not to mention losing another son also in a car crash. Rest in Peace both of you lads. Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 48

11:01am Wed 8 Jan 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

Hoping also that Paige gets well soon from those bad injuries.
Hoping also that Paige gets well soon from those bad injuries. Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 30

11:20am Wed 8 Jan 14

mollymalone86 says...

Cannot begin to imagine what his parents are going through after already losing one son in a road accident. RIP
Cannot begin to imagine what his parents are going through after already losing one son in a road accident. RIP mollymalone86
  • Score: 31

12:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Lisacoote says...

Such a terrible tragedy to happen after being on duty in those dangerous countries my thoughts are with this young mans family and friends and also hope Paige makes a full and speedy recovery.
Such a terrible tragedy to happen after being on duty in those dangerous countries my thoughts are with this young mans family and friends and also hope Paige makes a full and speedy recovery. Lisacoote
  • Score: 24

1:55pm Wed 8 Jan 14

The Wasp says...

So unbelievably tragic to lose two of your children in such a sad way. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends and colleagues of the army.
So unbelievably tragic to lose two of your children in such a sad way. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends and colleagues of the army. The Wasp
  • Score: 14

1:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Barbara44 says...

So so sad for his parents to loose 2 sons in a car accident. How do they start to come to terms with this, my thoughts are with them.
So so sad for his parents to loose 2 sons in a car accident. How do they start to come to terms with this, my thoughts are with them. Barbara44
  • Score: 14

2:28pm Wed 8 Jan 14

zoomzam says...

Sincere condolences. What a tragic loss.RIP
Sincere condolences. What a tragic loss.RIP zoomzam
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Wed 8 Jan 14

duffbikes says...

Condolences from a former Lancashire Fusilier, once a fusilier always a fusilier, RIP.
Condolences from a former Lancashire Fusilier, once a fusilier always a fusilier, RIP. duffbikes
  • Score: 8

4:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Such a sad tragedy. My thoughts and condolences to his parents, family and his girlfriend Paige. Let's hope Paige makes a full recovery.
Such a sad tragedy. My thoughts and condolences to his parents, family and his girlfriend Paige. Let's hope Paige makes a full recovery. wsw69
  • Score: 9

5:38pm Wed 8 Jan 14

kerrylark says...

my sincere condolences to his family r.i.p its always the good ones that get taken away from us hoping paige makes a full recovery bless you all at this sad time xxx
my sincere condolences to his family r.i.p its always the good ones that get taken away from us hoping paige makes a full recovery bless you all at this sad time xxx kerrylark
  • Score: 4

11:52pm Wed 8 Jan 14

mumrahhh says...

Rip gone to soon
Rip gone to soon mumrahhh
  • Score: 2

10:14pm Thu 9 Jan 14

hunter3062 says...

R.I.P brother, Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier.
R.I.P brother, Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier. hunter3062
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mulla89 says...

Westhoughton High School headteacher Phil Hart said: “We are deeply sorry to hear about the tragic death of one of our former students. I went to school with this lad he went to st Ethelberts then to mount st Josephs not westhoughton.
Westhoughton High School headteacher Phil Hart said: “We are deeply sorry to hear about the tragic death of one of our former students. I went to school with this lad he went to st Ethelberts then to mount st Josephs not westhoughton. Mulla89
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

93xKLJ says...

Miss you loads Tony, still cant believe it, were all staying strong for Paige to make sure she make a speedy recovery! your gone but forever in are hearts! love you my friend RIP Tony xxxxxxxxx
Miss you loads Tony, still cant believe it, were all staying strong for Paige to make sure she make a speedy recovery! your gone but forever in are hearts! love you my friend RIP Tony xxxxxxxxx 93xKLJ
  • Score: 1

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