Thursday, July 15, 1999 Published at 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK
Funeral of Welsh Gurkha
The Gurkhas were clearing bombs from a school
A Welsh soldier - one of only two British servicemen who lost their lives in the Kosovo conflict - has been buried.
Lieutenant Gareth Evans, 25, originally from Risca near Newport was killed with a colleague as they cleared unexploded Nato cluster bombs near Pristina.
At the time of his death, his father John Evans said: "We are unable to comprehend this tragedy. We cannot believe that we will not be able to see or talk to Gareth again.
"His funeral will be an emotional time for us all. We are extremely proud of Gareth's contribution to the Nato force in Kosovo."
"Fondness and affection"
Lt Evans was a pupil at Monmouth School, in Monmouth, south Wales, from 1987 until 1992.
School staff there remembered him with "a great deal of fondness and affection".
He gained A levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry at the school before going on to read mechanical engineering at Exeter University.
During his time at the school he achieved the highest rank - regimental sergeant major - in the Combined Cadet Force, and was captain of the school's second XV rugby team.
Deployed to the Balkans
Lt Evans was described by Major Andy Edington, of the 36th Engineer Regiment as an "extraordinarily good sportsman" who represented the Royal Engineers at rugby.
After completing officer training, he was posed to Maidstone in 1998 to serve in 69 Gurhkas Field Squadron as a troop commander taking part in training exercises in Brunei, Canada and the UK.
He was deployed to the Balkans with his squadron a month ago.
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