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Military funeral for city soldier

Pte Sean McDonald
Pte Sean McDonald died near Sangin in Helmand Province

The funeral of a solder whose death in Afghanistan "left a hole" in the heart of his family has been held in Edinburgh.

Pte Sean McDonald, of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died near Sangin in Helmand Province on 7 February.

He was on a routine night patrol when an explosion killed him and his commander Corporal Johnathan Moore.

The military funeral took place at Mortonhall Crematorium.

Pte McDonald was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in Edinburgh and joined the Army at the age of 16.

He leaves his wife Jennifer, mother Jacqueline, brother Darryle McDonald, and sister Ceilidh Spratt.

This tragedy has left a hole in our lives and a hole in our heart
Jacqueline McDonald

Speaking at the time of his death, his mother said: "My son was so proud to be a soldier. He will be desperately missed by all family and friends.

"This tragedy has left a hole in our lives and a hole in our heart. Sleep well baby boy."

Pte McDonald, who spent much of his time in Afghanistan helping clear IEDs, had also been on three tours of Iraq as well as serving in Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Lt Col Nick Kitson, commanding officer, 3 Rifles Battle Group, said: "Time and time again, day in, day out, he risked his life for his mates, the mission and better prospects for an oppressed local population.

"Whether doggedly taking the fight to any enemy brave enough to show himself or compassionately addressing the needs of the local Afghans, Private McDonald was a true warrior and a consummate professional."

Corporal Moore, 22, was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, and brought up in nearby Hamilton.

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