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Funeral for Iraq death medic held
The funeral
Pte Dlugosz's coffin was carried by members of her regiment
Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their last respects to teenage Army medic Eleanor Dlugosz, who died in a bomb attack in Iraq.

A horse-drawn carriage carried the coffin of 19-year-old Pte Dlugosz to church in Bishop's Waltham, Hants.

Pte Dlugosz was in a Warrior armoured vehicle returning from a patrol on 5 April when a bomb was detonated, killing her and three colleagues.

Her coffin was taken into church by members of her regiment.

The funeral cortege had made its way through Swanmore, the home village of Pte Dlugosz, before it arrived at the church.

Many people were touched by her zest for life
the Rev John Whitton

Friday's service was conducted by former Army chaplain the Rev John Whitton.

He said: "The size of the congregation here and the many hundreds of cards and letters they [the family] have received is testimony to the unique life of Eleanor.

"Her life was tragically cut short but her 19 years were lived with such an intensity and commitment that many people were touched by her zest for life."

He added that when the Army Careers came to her school she had been captivated and said she wanted to become a combat medical technician.

Eleanor Dlugosz
Pte Dlugosz "wanted to be in the front line"

"She wanted to be in the front line," said Mr Whitton.

"I know her family had their reservations about this but they obviously knew that you cannot stand in the way of your child's wishes. You have to let them go."

At the end of the service, colleagues from Pte Dlugosz's unit within the Royal Army Medical Corps 3 Close Support Medical Regiment fired a volley of three shots in tribute.

The Last Post was then played and a one-minute silence was observed.

Pte Dlugosz, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, had been deployed to the Shaibah Logistic Base in November last year. She returned to Iraq in March after completing a medical course in the UK.

Second Lieutenant Joanna Yorke Dyer, 24, Corporal Kris O'Neill, 27, Kingsman Adam James Smith, 19, and a Kuwaiti interpreter also died in the blast.




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