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Last Updated: Monday, 21 July, 2003, 19:58 GMT 20:58 UK
Funeral of ambushed soldier
The coffin of Simon Hamilton-Jewell
Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell had joined the Army in 1988
The funeral of the last of the six military policeman killed by in a mob in Iraq was held on Monday.

Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, from Chessington, Surrey, was remembered at the service at the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints in Aldershot, Hampshire.

More than 500 family, friends and colleagues and senior military personnel attended the hour-long ceremony.

Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell - known as HJ - and five colleagues where killed when a crowd surrounded a police station at Al Majar Al Kabir, near Basra, in June.

It was a quiet and simple service
Army spokeswoman
All six victims were Royal Military Police, members of the 156 Provost Company, attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade, based in Colchester , Essex.

After Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell's death his mother, Teresa, and brother, Tony, paid tribute to him.

In a statement they said: "He was a man keen to help anybody; a fearless man, biker, hiker and climber, but above all, a man dedicated to the Army, his Regiment, his unit and to his comrades."

Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell joined the Army in 1988, was single and the Platoon Sergeant of the a Parachute Provost Platoon.

Spiritual home

He had served in Germany and the UK and on operations in Northern Ireland, Sarajevo and Sudan.

An army spokeswoman said Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell had requested the service be an "airborne funeral".

She said it gave the service a more personal feel as the coffin bearers were military policeman's personnel colleagues rather than unknown soldiers.

The service was also held at Aldershot - the spiritual home of airborne units.

Sergeant Hamilton-Jewell was due to be cremated and his ashes scattered over Salisbury Plain.

The Army spokeswoman said: "It was a quiet and simple service."





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