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Assembly held for fallen soldier

Guardsman James Major
A teacher said Guardsman Major had been a good pupil

Pupils at the former school of a Cleethorpes soldier who was one of five killed in an attack in Afghanistan have been remembering him.

An assembly was held at the town's Lindsey School in memory of 18-year-old Guardsman James "Jimmy" Major.

Guardsman Major, a gunner with the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was killed in Helmand province on 3 November.

Pupils past and present gathered at the school where tributes were paid to the teenage soldier.

Guardsman Major was posted to Southern Afghanistan in April 2009, six months after joining the 1st Battalion.

The Ministry of Defence said he had "begun to shine" and his death brought a "tragic and abrupt end to such a short career".

Paul Thundercliffe, who taught the soldier, told the assembly: "Jimmy was very funny, very infectious and a massive part of the year group.

"He was a good pupil, he was honest and he was challenging."


Friends of Guardsman James Major pay tribute to him after an assembly at his old school

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