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Comrades remember fallen soldier
Corporal Matthew Cornish (MoD picture)
Cpl Cornish had spoken to his father about the dangers in Iraq
A soldier killed in an attack on a UK military base in Iraq has been honoured with a memorial service in Leeds.

Corporal Matthew Cornish, 29, was serving with the 1st Battalion The Light Infantry when he died in August.

The service, at Leeds Parish Church, was the first chance his colleagues had to pay their respects, as they had recently returned home from Basra.

Cpl Cornish, who lived in Pool-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, was married with two young children.

The memorial service was also attend by the lord mayor, representatives from the British Legion, the Leeds Rifles and nuclear test veterans.

Proud Yorkshireman

His funeral was held in August at All Souls' Church in Cheriton, near Folkestone, in Kent.

Cpl Cornish, the elder of two boys, was stationed in Germany with his wife, Abby, 28, son, Ethan, three, and 15-month-old daughter, Libby.

He returned to Leeds regularly to see family and former school friends.

Mrs Cornish is now living with her parents in Folkestone.

Cpl Cornish, a proud Yorkshireman who was nicknamed "Pastie" because of his surname, died on Yorkshire Day.


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