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Flats named in Red Cap's honour
Russell Aston`
Cpl Aston died in an ambush in southern Iraq
A housing development in Derbyshire will be named in honour of a soldier killed in Iraq, the developers say.

A new block of flats in Swadlincote will be dedicated to the memory of Corporal Russell Aston who died in an ambush in 2003.

A spokesman for developer Mainstream Properties, Bernard Allen, said the construction of Russell Aston Court would take about 12 months to complete.

The name was suggested by South Derbyshire District Council.

Mr Allen said the flats will be the first built by the firm that are named after an individual.

Corporal Aston, who lived in nearby Coton in the Elms, was killed at an Iraqi police station.

A bench has already been erected in his memory at his village church.

He was killed along with five other military policemen by a mob on 24 June 2003 in an attack at Al Majar Al Kabir, 120 miles north of the British-controlled city of Basra.

An inquest in 2006 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on the deaths of the men, who were based in Essex.


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