Ex-soldier and dad-to-be dies in bike crash

MISSED: Kyle Stock
MISSED: Kyle Stock

A FATHER-TO-BE with everything to live for died when his motorbike crashed last weekend.

War hero Kyle Luke Stock, a former Whitcliffe Mount pupil, was riding his red and blue Honda motorcycle near Grassington in North Yorkshire on Saturday when he collided with a white HGV travelling in the opposite direction at around 9.20am.

Kyle, who was to start a new job this week, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the lorry was unhurt.

His family has paid an emotional tribute to Kyle, 25, who had previously served in the army helping to disarm bombs in Afghanistan.

Parents Joanne and Bryan, of Hunsworth, say they have sought comfort in the several hundred messages that have been left for Kyle on his Facebook page.

Joanne said: “Everybody knew Kyle, and everybody loved him.

“He had so many friends, and when you became a friend you stayed with him for life.”

Kyle and his partner Emma Bloice lived in Howden Clough, Birstall. She is expecting their baby in October.

His proud dad Bryan added: “Young and old, he would talk to everybody. He was such a genuine guy.”

Kyle grew up in Birkenshaw, East Bierley and then Hunsworth, before moving to Birstall to live with partner Emma Bloice, who is expecting the couple’s baby in October.

He went to Whitcliffe Mount where he took his Duke of Edinburgh Award, which led to him joining the army in the Royal Signals, aged 16.

He did a tour of Iraq before training in bomb disposal, serving in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He became a Lance Corporal recommended for promotion by the time he left the army last September.

He served in the 11 EOD Royal Logistics Core for six months with Troop Warrant Officer Gareth Wood.

He said: “It is a tragedy for someone to go to war – one of the most dangerous places on earth – and leave the army for a better and safer future to die in such tragic circumstances.

“This is a devastating loss for the regiment, even though he was not serving any more, as well as his family and his friends.”

Kyle was to start a new job as an engineer on Monday.

Joanne said: “He had so much to live for, he was just getting his life together.”

The family said Kyle lived for cars, and bought his motorbike when he came home from the army, often enjoying rides through the countryside. The family has taken comfort from the numerous heartfelt messages left on Kyle’s Facebook page, some from people he had never met.

Joanne said: “They just love him. He was a special person.”

Kyle’s sister Lauren added: “He had a big heart and a big smile.”

On behalf of his friends, Andrew Jenkins and Luke Maud said: “Kyle was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, he’d be there to help us all out even if sometimes he didn’t know how.

“He was the sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day, always having a laugh and a joke. He became the best friend of everyone who met him and we are lucky to have had him as our best friend.

“People say ‘remember the good times’ but we never had any bad times. We have only the good times to remember him and in that, we can take comfort in knowing he made us and so many people so very happy.

“He will be deeply missed forever, his memory will live on and never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his lovely family, lovely girlfriend and soon to be lovely child.”

Kyle also leaves brothers Aaron and Jake, two sets of grandparents and his beloved German shepherd dog Troy.

His funeral will be held at St Paul’s Church in Birkenshaw on Thursday June 7 at 3.30pm. The service will be a celebration of Kyle’s life; guests are asked not to wear black.