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Military funeral for hero

PUBLISHED: 17:24 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

Ferrari Press Agency...17.12.09. Collect picture of pte James Brown, 18, of he Rifles who was killed in Afghanistan after sending Christmas message home to his family

Ferrari Press Agency...17.12.09. Collect picture of pte James Brown, 18, of he Rifles who was killed in Afghanistan after sending Christmas message home to his family

SCORES of people turned out to pay their respects to an 18-year-old war hero who died so that hundreds of innocent lives could be saved. Rifleman James Brown, from Orpington, was given a full military funeral today (14). After a moving service at St Barn

SCORES of people turned out to pay their respects to an 18-year-old war hero who died so that hundreds of innocent lives could be saved.

Rifleman James Brown, from Orpington, was given a full military funeral today (14). After a moving service at St Barnabas' Church in Rushet Road, St Paul's Cray, at noon, the cortege took Private Brown's body to Petts Wood, met by standard bearers who escorted the coffin to the Royal British Legion club in Queensway.

His family each laid a single rose on the coffin draped in the Union Jack flag. A one minute's applause was held by hundreds of people in honour of the soldier's bravery.

The 18-year-old was killed, along with Lance Corporal David Kirkness, both of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, on December 15 at a vehicle checkpoint near Sangin in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

They stood their ground when two suicide bombers packed with explosives tried to get into a busy market, who then detonated their lethal cargo at the checkpoint.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Kitson, said: "He had immense courage and a talent for making people laugh.

"We take comfort that they prevented a much greater tragedy."

Mourners heard that Private Brown was capable beyond his years who led from the front, with a love of Manchester United, snooker and Marmite.

For the full story, tributes and pictures, read next week's Bromley Times out January 20.

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