Public show of love for fallen hero

FAMILY and friends of a fallen Ipswich solider are today publicly displaying their overwhelming love for him.They are wearing specially made t-shirts with pride to remember Private Aaron McClure as they prepare for his funeral tomorrow.

FAMILY and friends of a fallen Ipswich solider are today publicly displaying their overwhelming love for him.

They are wearing specially made t-shirts with pride to remember Private Aaron McClure as they prepare for his funeral tomorrow.

The 19-year-old's mother, Lorraine, said the T-shirts has been made “in memory of Aaron” and added that they would be worn at tomorrow's service at St Thomas' Church in Bramford Lane, Ipswich.

The T-shirts all read RIP Aaron, give his date of birth and the day he died as well as a picture of the popular solider.

Each also had an individual message such as 'Never forgotten, always remembered'.

Tomorrow's service for Pte McClure, who died in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan, will see schoolchildren, comrades and friends line the streets near his Marlow Road home as a bagpiper leads the funeral procession.

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Father Paul Vicar from St Thomas' said everyone was welcome to attend the service at midday, in accordance with the family's wishes.

He added: “The church will be open for prayer from 9am for family and friends to have some quiet time.

“Clergy will be available before and after the service for anyone who has need. You are all welcome to this service.”

Army chief Lt George Seal-Coon has spoken of the moment an American bomb was dropped onto British troops in Afghanistan, killing Royal Anglians. Private McClure, 19, John Thrumble, 21, from Chelmsford, and Robert Foster, 19, from Harlow, on August 23.

Lt Seal-Coon told a national newspaper: "The shockwave hit the building and everything went dark. The force punched into my chest and pressed me down through the roof.

He said it was obvious that Pte Thumble and Pte McClure were in a bad way.

He went on: " I gave them first aid and both were passed to the soldiers below. I am not sure whether they were alive."

It was at that stage that some of the soldiers realised that Pte Robert Foster, 19, was missing and fellow soldiers dug with their bare hands until they found him under a collapsed building.

The Ministry of Defence has said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

An online book of condolence has been up in memory of Private Aaron McClure at www.eveningstar.co.uk.

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