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Lance Corporal Tom Keogh's funeral held in Marylebone

Lance Corporal Tom Keogh
L/Cpl Tom Keogh died in a gun battle in Sangin

Hundreds of mourners packed a west London church on Thursday for the funeral of a soldier who was killed in a gun battle in southern Afghanistan.

L/Cpl Tom Keogh, 24, who served with 4 Rifles, died on 7 March when his patrol base in Sangin in Helmand was attacked by insurgents.

The service was held at The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Marylebone.

L/Cpl Keogh was described as "one of the very best soldiers of his generation" by his commanding officer.

Lt Col Rupert Jones said: "In life there are some people who are born with more talent and greater character than the rest of us. Lance Corporal Keogh was one of them."

'Family's hearts broken'

Father Stephen Sharkey, Padre of 4 Rifles, said L/Cpl Keogh was a "shining example of what it is to be swift and bold".

He said: "All the family's hearts are broken but I also know that they are bursting with pride."

L/Cpl Keogh joined the Army in 2003 and had served in Iraq before taking a year's break in 2008.

He was deployed to Afghanistan and posted to the reconnaissance platoon after rejoining last year.

Following his death, his parents said: "He loved the army life and lived his life to the full.

"Our family has been left devastated by Tom's tragic death, but not a day will pass without us remembering the happiness and pride he gave us. We love you Tom."

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