Martin, 27, of 1st Battalion, The Rifles, was killed by a Taliban bomb in Helmand Province in June, 2011. His wife is Melissa.
For more than two years Melissa comforted herself with the final words of Martin, known as Lamby. But the paper became so worn and she was so scared of losing it, she had his letter tattooed on her foot.
It reads: “I hope you know that all that goes through my mind is you, Rosie and bump. I'm always thinking of you all, miss all of you so much. I love you all always. Love you babes, love Lamby.”
Melissa, 28, whose daughter Rosie was just two at the time, said: "When he died I carried that letter in my pocket wherever I went."
Melisasa said: “I was devastated, but for a few hours I thought at least I had our unborn child. Then I miscarried. I was 11 weeks pregnant. I didn't know who to grieve for, my husband or my baby. I don’t know how I got through that time.”
“I couldn’t be without it. If I was sad or anxious I would take it out and read it over and over again until I felt calm, but it was getting worn and I was scared I would lose it. Now I have a permanent reminder of how much Lamby loved us.”
“Rosie seems to have accepted her dad has gone, but there are times when she will see soldiers drop their children off at school and asks why they aren’t dead.