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Town to remember fallen soldier

Private John Brackpool
Private John Brackpool died from a gunshot wound in Afghanistan

A book of condolence has been opened in the Sussex home town of a soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan.

Private John Brackpool, 27, of Crawley, died on 9 July from a gunshot wound during a battle against Taliban fighters in the Lashkar Gah area.

His funeral will be held on Thursday with a public military service at St John's Church in the town, followed by a private family ceremony.

Councillors will observe a two-minute silence at a meeting on Wednesday.

Mark of respect

A council spokeswoman said the book of condolence was for members of the public to pass on their sympathies and show respect to Crawley's fallen soldier.

She said the two-minute silence would be held as a further mark of respect to Pte Brackpool, who was a rifleman with the Prince of Wales' Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

On the day of the funeral, the council will fly its flag at half mast until 1330 BST.

The full military service, which includes a Guards bearer party, has been planned to start at 1100 BST.

Pte Brackpool's friends and family are raising money for Help for Heroes, the charity that supports British soldiers wounded in the line of duty.

They have set up a page where people can donate in memory of the killed soldier on the Just Giving website.

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