A MUM has recorded a moving CD with a large choir as a tribute to British soldiers killed in Iraq.
Joanne Toshack's 22-year-old son, Andy, has served with the Royal Artillery in the war-torn country for a year.
And in one traumatic incident the Marsden man cradled a fatally wounded colleague in his arms.
That happened just two days after he lost two other friends in a roadside bomb.
Andy's mum, Joanne, is a member of the choir Sing Live Northern, which performs mainly charity concerts.
It has recently recorded a CD to be sold primarily in America featuring the choir's version of the Benny Anderson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice song Anthem from the musical Chess.
The CD also features moving renditions of You Lift Me Up and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Last year the choir - which draws its members from Huddersfield and Leeds - performed in a fund-raising concert for the 85th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.
It will next perform rock, pop, musicals and classical songs for two nights at Leeds Town Hall on February 17 and 18. The CD will be on sale there too.
Joanne, 39, of Marsden, said: "Everytime I sing Anthem I think of Andy and it has become one of his favourite tunes too."
Former Colne Valley High School pupil Andy joined the 11th Battalion of the Royal Artillery just over two years ago.
On their tour of duty there last year they were mainly involved in highly dangerous armoured patrols.
Andy was lucky when they were on patrol on September 6. His friend, Lee Thornton, was not.
The two were in the back of an armoured car and one had to provide `top cover' by standing up through a hole in the roof, protecting the vehicle with a machine gun.
The two swapped roles every 10 minutes. Andy had just completed his stint and bobbed back down into the vehicle with Lee replacing him.
A couple of minutes later a sniper's shot rang out and a bullet hit Lee in the neck.
Andy managed to pull him down into the vehicle, but he was seriously wounded and bleeding badly.
Lee, from Blackpool, was flown to Germany for specialist medical treatment, but died two days later.
The shooting came just a couple of days after a roadside bomb claimed the lives of two more young solders from the same battalion.
They were Stephen Wright, from Leyland in Lancashire, and Samuel Vanua from Fiji.
All were based in Germany together before they were sent to Iraq.
After the roadside bombing the victims were carried with military honours as part of a service from the medical centre to helicopters and then from the helicopters to transport aircraft at Basra airport to be flown home. Andy was one of the coffin- bearers.
Joanne said: "Andy has told me it's a lot worse in Iraq than the media makes it out to be. People are losing their lives so regularly and it is a very intense situation."
A total of 131 British service personnel have now died in Iraq since the start of hostilities in 2003.
Andy is now back in Germany on a training course and is due to remain there for the rest of this year.
Joanne's husband, John, is head of procurement for an oil and gas company.
The couple have three other children, 20-year-old Lee, Amanda, 19, and Danielle, 18.
Sing Live Northern is a choir for people who do not have to pass an audition to join. It has `pods' in Huddersfield and Leeds.
The Huddersfield pod rehearses every Wednesday evening at the Jubilee Centre in Paddock.
The two pods get together occasionally and always have a full orchestral rehearsal before a big concert.
The Leeds Town Hall concert will also feature the National Festival Orchestra and in all there will be 300 singers from Sing Live pods.
* To attend the concert at Leeds Town Hall, phone the ticket hotline on 0113 257 7183 or Leeds Town Hall on 0113 224 3801.