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Service remembers killed soldier

Samuel Bassett tribute
Tributes were paid to the 20-year-old rifleman at his home town

People across Cornwall have taken part in a two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day.

The services across the county included tributes to Rifleman Sam Bassett, 20, in his hometown of Torpoint. He died on in Afghanistan on Remembrance Sunday.

Torpoint Royal British Legion chairman Steve Lewis said he had never seen so many attending an Armistice service.

Rifleman Bassett's mother, Coline, said after the service: "I shall miss him, but he'll always be with me."

Rifleman Bassett, of 1 Platoon, 4th Battalion The Rifles, was serving as part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group.

The Plymouth-born solider was injured by a bomb in Helmand province on 1 November and died on Sunday.

Coline Bassett talk about her son

Mrs Bassett said it had been "fantastic" to see so many people paying tribute to her son and the other war dead.

"It was lovely to see everybody turn out today. Lots of Sam's friends were here, and lots of people we knew."

She added: "You don't cope well. Every day you've just got to get up and get on with with it.

"You have to remember how Sam lived, not how he died."

Steve Lewis said: "You never think that someone from your community is going to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Unfortunately Sam was out there doing the job he loved and did just that.

"It's a testament to how much he was loved by friends and family by the amount of people that turned up this morning."

A book of condolences is open at the town's community college where he studied. His death was also marked during a special assembly at the college held for Armistice Day.



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