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Territorial army soldier buried

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Andrew Fentiman, of 7th Battalion The Rifles, was shot when his patrol came under fire in Helmand

The funeral of a 23-year-old Cambridgeshire soldier killed in Afghanistan has taken place.

Rifleman Andrew Fentiman of 7th Battalion The Rifles, from the Territorial Army, died on 15 November.

He was shot as his patrol came under fire near Sangin in central Helmand province.

The funeral, with full military honours, took place at St Andrews Church in Oakington, Cambridge, followed by a private burial.

One of Rifleman Fentiman's commanding officers, Brigadier Greg Smith, of The Rifles, paid tribute to him.

Rifleman Andrew Fentiman (Copyright: MoD)
Rifleman Fentiman died when his patrol came under fire in Helmand province

"The mark of all our territorial soldiers is they want to do their bit for their country... and for the people of Afghanistan," he said.

Rifleman Fentiman read mechanical engineering at the University of Leicester before becoming a regional sales manager for a software firm based in Huntingdon.

The soldier, known as Fen, spent two years in the East Midlands University Officer Training Corps and went on to join the TA battalion, 7 Rifles, in 2007.

He volunteered to serve with the group in a bid to gain experience as a step towards his goal of winning a commission as an officer in the regular Army.



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