Dorset

Funeral for Royal Marine James Wright in Weymouth

  • 23 August 2011
  • From the section Dorset
Marine James Wright
Image caption Marine Wright's funeral was held at St John's Church in his hometown of Weymouth

The funeral of a Royal Marine killed by a grenade in Afghanistan has taken place in Dorset.

Marine James Wright died in hospital after the grenade was thrown into his patrol's checkpoint in Helmand Province on 5 August.

The 22-year-old was the fifth member of 42 Commando Royal Marines to be killed in action in Afghanistan.

Marine Wright's full military funeral was held at St John's Church in his home town of Weymouth.

'Remarkable person'

His partner Shelley Robertson is expecting their first child.

Miss Robertson's father Geoff spoke on behalf of the family during the service.

He said: "The events of August 5 changed all that and tore the hearts of two families and changed the lives of many of us forever.

"James was a truly remarkable person. He was kind, he was considerate and he was a gentleman."

The funeral party was provided by members of 42 Commando, who were not in Afghanistan, and consisted of six coffin bearers and a 12-person salute-firing party.

At the end of the service a bugler from the Royal Marine Band Service played the Last Post and Reveille.

The crowd outside the church erupted into a spontaneous round of applause as the cortege left.

'Always smiling'

Following his son's death, the marine's father David Wright said: "James was so proud to be a Royal Marine and we are so proud of him. He was determined to be the best."

His mother Sallie Wright said: "He was always smiling with a wonderful sense of humour. James never had a bad word to say about anyone and was so kind and considerate."

His commanding officer, Lt Col Ewen Murchison, said Marine Wright, who joined the service in November 2009, was an impressive young man with an insatiable appetite for life.

After the military service, there was a private cremation.

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