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Funeral for bomb disposal officer

The funeral of Capt Shepherd at Lincoln Cathedral
Mourners were told that Capt Shepherd was a 'hero'

The funeral of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has taken place at Lincoln Cathedral.

Captain Daniel Shepherd, 28, a bomb disposal expert from Lincoln, was killed while trying to defuse a homemade bomb in Helmand on 20 July.

During the service, Lt Col Gareth Bex told mourners that Capt Shepherd had served his country with distinction and was a "human dynamo".

A private burial was held for the family after the public service.

The funeral cortege passed through the streets of Lincoln earlier.

He was a wonderful man and his memory will live on with us
Lt Col Gareth Bex

Capt Shepherd served with the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group and had previously dealt with more than 50 devices while in Afghanistan.

Lt Col Bex told mourners: "It is not an overstatement to say that Dan was a hero.

"Well aware of the dangers, he faced them knowing that the safety of others depended on his actions, a responsibility he felt privileged to accept.

"He was a wonderful man and his memory will live on with us."

Capt Shepherd joined the Army cadets at the age of 14. He was awarded the Carmen's Sword of Honour, which is given to the most outstanding young officer of the year by the Royal Logistics Corps, in 2006.

He married wife Kerry at Branston Hall in Lincoln in July 2007.

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