Funeral for soldier killed clearing Afghanistan bombs

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The funeral of a Hertfordshire soldier who died clearing bombs in Afghanistan has taken place in his home town.

Cpl David Barnsdale, 24, from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) based at Woodbridge in Suffolk, was killed on 19 October.

The funeral with full military honours was held at St Peter and Paul Church in Tring, followed by a private burial.

Cpl Barnsdale was on his second tour of Afghanistan and his job was defusing improvised explosive devices.

After his death, his mother Wendy, father Stephen, sister Vanessa and girlfriend Helen paid tribute to him.

In a statement, they said he was a "hugely popular guy, a fantastic son, grandson, brother, boyfriend and friend who will be sorely missed".

The Ministry of Defence said Cpl Barnsdale had been trained as the commander of a Royal Engineers search team and was responsible for the detection of devices and roadside bombs in areas deemed to be high risk. His group worked in an area east of Gereshk.

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Acting Corporal David Barnsdale had served in Iraq and Afghanistan

Cpl Barnsdale was killed by a roadside bomb, the MoD said.

He was described as a highly-professional and sociable person, well-liked by those who knew him, as well as an enthusiastic football player and keen supporter of Queens Park Rangers.

Lt Col Mark Davis said: "Acting Corporal David Barnsdale, Dave to his friends, was a young, bright and incredibly likeable team leader.

"He died leading his men in what must be one of the most dangerous tasks in the armed forces - that of deliberately searching for improvised explosive devices."

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