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Funeral of Comber soldier Channing Day takes place

Funeral of Comber soldier Channing Day takes place

HUNDREDS of mourners attended the funeral in Comber of Corporal Channing Day who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Corporal Day, who was 25, had been serving with 3 Medical Regiment and had been working in support of Royal Marine Commandos.

She died after her patrol was involved in a shooting incident in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. Royal Marine Commando David O’Connor was also killed in the incident.

Her coffin, which was escorted by members of 3 Medical Regiment, was carried to First Comber Presbyterian Church in a horse-drawn hearse. 

During the Service, Corporal Day’s sister, Lauren, paid a moving tribute.

She said: “You are the best sister I could have ever asked for. You were very special, but did not know just how amazing you were. I’m in awe the more I find out about you each day.”

Military Padre, Albert Jackson, told mourners that the young soldier had been full of “life and vibrancy”.

He said Channing’s life “was short, but it was fully packed with many things. It was a good life.”

Following the Service, Corporal Day’s remains were taken to Comber cemetery where soldiers fired shots over the grave.

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