Funeral for soldier James Ashworth held in Corby
Hundreds of mourners gathered in Northamptonshire for the funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.
L/Cpl James Ashworth, 23, from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was killed in Nahr-e-Saraj District on 13 June.
The soldier, from Corby, was on patrol to disrupt insurgent activity when he was caught in the blast of a grenade.
A full military service was held at Our Lady of Walsingham Church in Corby followed by a private cremation.'Truly proud'
At the service, the Reverend Canon Michael Griffiths said: "The people of Corby are truly proud of James, he is our hero."
His brother L/Cpl Coran Ashworth, who is also in the Army and currently serving in Northern Ireland, paid tribute to his brother's girlfriend.
"Their time together like ours with James was cut too short but as a family we are grateful that we still have Emily in our lives," he said.
L/Cpl James Ashworth joined the Army when he was 17. After training in Catterick, he joined Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards and completed a stint of ceremonial duty in London.
He was quickly identified as being a fit, capable soldier and handpicked for the Parachute Regiment.
The 23-year-old spent three years serving in places like Belize, Norway and Kenya.
L/Cpl James Ashworth returned to the Grenadiers and was trained for the mission in Afghanistan.