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Mull funeral for Kandahar victim


Pte McLaren had only been on active service for four weeks when he died

The funeral of a Black Watch soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has been held on Mull.

Twenty-year-old Private Robert McLaren, from Kintra on Mull, died when an improvised explosive device detonated near Kandahar province.

He had only been on active service with the 3rd Battalion of the Black Watch, The Royal Regiment of Scotland for four weeks when he was killed.

The funeral was held at Creich Church in Bunessan.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cartwright, said that from the moment Pte McLaren arrived in Afghanistan, "he threw his heart and body into everything he was asked to do".

His family said they were proud of him and that he died doing a job he loved.

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