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Funerals of two Midlands soldiers

Pte Jeff Doherty (PA photo) and L/Cpl Richard Larkin (MOD photo)
Pte Jeff Doherty and L/Cpl Richard Larkin died this month

The funerals have taken place of two West Midlands soldiers who died in Afghanistan in recent weeks.

Pte Jeff Doherty, 20, known as JJ, of Southam, Warwickshire, died under Taleban fire on 12 June.

Territorial Army soldier L/Cpl Richard Larkin, 39, a nurse from Cookley, Worcestershire, was serving with 23 SAS Regiment when he died on 17 June.

Pte Doherty's funeral was held in Southam and the service for L/Cpl Larkin was in Stourbridge.

Pte Doherty and another soldier, from 8 Platoon of C (Bruneval) Company, 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, were patrolling on foot near their base in Helmand Province when they came under Taleban fire.

L/Cpl Larkin was one of four soldiers killed in an explosion near Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He worked as a night charge-nurse at Evesham Community Hospital, Worcestershire NHS Primary Care Trust said.

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