Funeral for Angus quarry fall soldier Gordon Brass

Image caption, Cpl Gordon Brass fell 40ft at Legaston Quarry, Collieston

Mourners have paid their final respects to a soldier who fell to his death during a climbing exercise in Angus.

Corporal Gordon Brass, 34, from Dundee, died on 29 May after falling about 40ft (12m) at Legaston Quarry, Collieston.

It is understood Cpl Brass, a recruiter based at the Armed Forces Careers Office in the city, was with a group of students when the incident happened.

The funeral was held at Dundee Crematorium Lodge, where tributes were paid to an "outstanding" soldier.

Earlier this week, Cpl Brass's commanding officer praised the soldier, a member of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Lieutenant Colonel James Sayer said: "He was respected by those that had the honour of serving with him and those who knew him as a friend.

"He loved working with young people and was a role model for those considering making the Army a career.

"He died doing a job he loved and we will miss him greatly."

A statement released by the soldier's family said: "Gordon was a beloved son to Dorothy and Brian, a loving brother to Kirstie and a devoted uncle to Mhairi and Angus.

"He had a mass of friends and was one of the elite members of 'The Posse' - a tight group of five close mates.

"He touched the lives of everyone he knew and he will be greatly missed by us all."

His former Commanding Officer, Lt Col Edward Fenton of The Black Watch, 3 Scots, also paid tribute to Cpl Brass for his "selfless commitment and dedication to working with aspiring soldiers".

He added: "He will be very sorely missed by his friends and the regimental family."

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