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Hundreds attend soldier's funeral in Whitby

Hundreds of people gathered in Whitby for the funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Craftsman Andrew Found, 27, died in an explosion in the Gereshk Valley on 16 June.

The father of two from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, had been trying to rescue a vehicle which had been hit by another blast.

Mourners filled St Hilda's Church and loud speakers relayed the service to neighbouring streets.

Before the service Craftsman Found's family said: "Even though we are all in pain now, we will remember the fun, the laughter and all the love he brought."

His regiment is still serving in Afghanistan but his officer in command attended the funeral.

Warrant Officer John Buck said he was a very professional soldier who was quiet and unassuming.

Craftsman Found's mother, read a poem during the service in which she asked people to cherish her son's memory.

He left a wife, Samantha, and two sons, Jaxson and Michael.

He was buried in a private ceremony at Whitby cemetery.

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