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Funeral of soldier killed in Iraq
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Adam Morris's family said he had always wanted to be a soldier
The funeral of a teenage soldier from Leicestershire killed when his Land Rover was blown up in an attack in southern Iraq was held on Friday.

Privates Adam Morris, 19, and Joseva Lewaicei, 25, were on patrol near Basra on 13 May when the device went off.

The soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, died from their injuries.

Private Morris's funeral was held at St Laurence's Church, Measham, near his family home.

Lieutenant Colonel Des O'Driscoll, the pair's commanding officer, said Pte Morris - known as Borris - had been "one of our most promising soldiers" with a "fine career ahead of him".

Adam Morris
Adam's loss has touched and saddened all of us who had the honour to know him
Lt Col Des O'Driscoll
The teenager joined the Royal Anglian Regiment - known as the Poachers - straight out of college two years ago, and had already served in Northern Ireland.

"Adam's loss has touched and saddened all of us who had the honour to know him," Lt Col O'Driscoll said.

At the service, family and friends were told of the teenager's love of soldiering from an early age.

Pte Morris's uncle, Mick Hawtin, said: "He lived life to the full. Adam was passionate about everything he did, he gave his all.

"He showed strong leadership potential. He had the wisdom rarely shown in one so young, but could always play the clown when things got too serious."

The Dean of Ashby, Reverend Alan Burgess said the whole community had come together to support Pte Morris's family.

Promotion hopes

He said: "There has been quite an outpouring of sympathy and admiration for Adam and his family, that is something that has focused the mind."

The teenager went to primary school in Derbyshire before continuing his education in Ibstock, Leicestershire, and King Edward VII Grammar in Coalville.

He stood in for a non-commissioned officer while on exercise in Jordan at the end of last year and was hoping to be promoted after fighting back from a leg injury to make sure he was deployed to Iraq.

The riflemen's deaths were among nine fatalities among UK service personnel in Basra in May. The total number of British forces to die since the start of hostilities is 113.

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