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Funeral held for Iraq serviceman
Pte Jamie Kerr (left) and Pte Scott Kennedy
Pte Jamie Kerr (left) and Pte Scott Kennedy died in Basra
The funeral of a young soldier, killed while on patrol in Iraq, has been held in his home town.

Private Scott Kennedy, 20, from Oakley, near Dunfermline, died in Basra on 28 June, along with two other soldiers.

Hundreds of mourners, including Pte Kennedy's newborn daughter, whom he never met, attended the service at Inziever Primary School in the town.

Members of his regiment, the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment Scotland, carried the coffin.

The ceremony comes the day after the funeral in nearby Cowdenbeath of Private Jamie Kerr, 20, who was also killed by the roadside bomb.

The Rev Elizabeth Kenny paid tribute to the young soldier, known to his friends as Casper.

'Tragically lost'

She also spoke of Pte Kennedy's ambition to join the Army from his early teens which saw him become the top student at an Army preparation course before becoming a full-time soldier almost three years ago.

"It soon became obvious that Scott or 'Casper'. as he was affectionately called, was a keen, dedicated and enthusiastic soldier, he was intelligent with natural technical ability," she said.

Among the mourners were Pte Kennedy's partner Victoria Turtle, who gave birth to the couple's daughter on 3 May, just days after he was deployed.

"He gave his all to everything that he turned his hand to and December 2005 he moved with the battalion to Northern Ireland. It was there that he met his girlfriend Vicki." She said.

Miss Turtle gave birth to the couple's baby on 3 May, just days after he was deployed.

Miss Kenny added: "Scott was keen to expand his skills as a soldier and volunteered to serve in Iraq, and it was whilst serving there that Vicki shared with Scott that she had given birth to a daughter, whom he wasn't destined to see, because as we know, on Thursday 28 June, whilst on patrol in Basra city due to a roadside bomb, Scott tragically lost his life."

She also asked the mourners to pray for the mother and child.

The ceremony was held at Pte Kennedy's former school, Inziever Primary School, to accommodate the large number of mourners who wanted to pay their respects.

Also killed in the incident last month was Corporal Paul Joszko, of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Welsh.




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