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Funeral service held for soldier

Pte Kevin Elliott
Pte Elliott was killed in an explosion in Helmand province on 31 August

Hundreds of people have gathered in Dundee for the funeral of a 24-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Pte Kevin Elliott, from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in an explosion in Helmand province on 31 August.

The funeral with full military honours was held at St Mary's Church and relayed to crowds of people outside.

Friends and family of Pte Elliott wore Black Watch tartan ribbons with the words "Kevin Elliott - Our Hero".

Army colleagues turned out in full regimental dress.

Following the service, Pte Elliot's body was interred at Barnhill Cemetery in the city with full military honours, including a firing party.

He died alongside Sgt Stuart Millar from Inverness during a rocket propelled grenade attack while on patrol in the Babaji district of Helmand.

Pte Kevin Elliott's colleagues carrying his coffin
Pte Kevin Elliott's colleagues carried his coffin into St Mary's Church

Pte Elliott had been in the Army since 2002 and had served in both Iraq and Northern Ireland.

He had been set to leave the Army earlier this year but was tempted back to serve in Afghanistan.

In March he had returned his kit and was about to walk out of the Fort George barracks in Inverness when he decided to turn back.

When asked why, he replied: "I didn't want to miss the boys," the service heard.

Streets around the church, in the city's Nethergate, were closed to allow people to come to pay their last respects.

About 400 mourners gathered inside the church while hundreds more outside listened as Pte Elliott's father paid tribute to a son who he said had lived life to the full.

"It was the saddest day of our lives when we heard the news that Kevin had been killed," he said.

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