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Funeral for County Durham soldier killed in Afghanistan

Maj Mick Hansekowitsch said Sapper Daryn Roy was an "older brother" to other soldiers

The funeral has taken place of a County Durham soldier who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Sapper Daryn Roy, 28, from Consett, was driving in convoy from Camp Bastion when his vehicle was struck by a bomb.

The soldier, of 21 Engineer Regiment, was evacuated by helicopter but died in Camp Bastion Hospital on 3 May.

His funeral was held at St John's Church in Dipton, County Durham. His family said they would miss his "happy-go-lucky personality".

Tributes have been placed on the streets around Sapper Roy's home.

His family said: "We will miss Daryn's happy-go-lucky personality and his cheeky smile so much.

Sapper Daryn Roy
Sapper Roy's family said they would celebrate his "fantastic life"

"He loved the Army and he lived his life without regrets.

"The whole family wishes to express our deep love and pride for Daryn and celebrate his fantastic life."

Maj Mick Hansekowitsh, commanding officer of 21 Engineer Regiment, said: "Daryn was like an older brother to many of the troops and he cared deeply for them.

"He was older than many and brought with him experience and maturity.

"He summed up everything that a Royal Engineer should be."

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