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Hundreds attend soldier's funeral

Cpl Kevin Mulligan
Cpl Kevin Mulligan was going to become a father

More than 1,000 mourners gathered for the funeral of a Clackmannanshire soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Cpl Kevin Mulligan, 26, from Alloa, died alongside two of his comrades while carrying out a routine security patrol with Afghan forces.

His Jackal vehicle was hit by an explosion, then came under small arms fire from insurgents on 6 August.

Cpl Mulligan, who served with the Parachute Regiment, was engaged to his pregnant fiancee.

After the service in Alloa, his family said they were "overwhelmed by the love and respect" shown by the mourners.

Today it was clear to see that Kevin was loved and will be remembered fondly by so many people he met in his short life
Statement from relatives

They said: "It has been an extremely long three weeks since Kevin's death but we have been comforted by the huge number of messages and notes of sympathy we have received from friends and family."

"Today it was clear to see that Kevin was loved and will be remembered fondly by so many people he met in his short life."

Many of his comrades from the Parachute Regiment attended the service.

His coffin was draped with a Union flag and had his red beret on top of it as it was carried into St Mungo's RC Church.

Hundreds of people listened outside as the service was broadcast by loudspeaker.

'Charismatic leader'

Father Michael Milton, who conducted the service, described Cpl Mulligan as a man who "lived life to the full".

He told mourners his commanding officer had described him as being a "charismatic leader who died how he led his life, at the forefront of his men".

Father Milton said that when Cpl Mulligan's fiancée gave birth to their child it would be a "visible sign of the love they shared".

He also told how he loved sports and was a keen supporter of Celtic Football Club.

L/Cpl Dale Hopkins and Pte Kyle Adams died with Cpl Mulligan in the attack to the north of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province.

The men had been working with a unit that works closely with special forces.



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