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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 April, 2003, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Hundreds pay tribute to Marine
Mourners crying at the funeral
The funeral was held with full military honours
Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Scarborough to pay their last respects to a Royal Marine killed in Iraq.

Christopher Maddison, 24, was on a river patrol ambushed on the Al Faw peninsular near Basra last month

The service at St Mary's Church was held with full military honours.

Fellow Royal Marines carried the coffin through the churchyard overlooking the resort's South Bay and into the church.

Dozens of local people gathered close to the church grounds to listen to the service over loudspeakers.

Marine Maddison
Marine Maddison was on river patrol on the Al Faw peninsular

Marine Maddison was serving with the 9 Assault Squadron based in Plymouth.

Before the service, his mother Julie told BBC Look North about the hundreds of emails, cards and letters the family has received.

"He died for his country and what he believed in," she said.

"I am exceedingly proud of him."

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would not be coming back.

"I didn't think I would never see his smiling face again."


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