Lance Corporal Christopher Harkett ROYAL WELSH

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  1. Hundreds of people turned out to pay a final farewell salute today to a “typical Welsh warrior” who lost his life in Afghanistan.

    Family, friends, veterans and serving soldiers joined to pay glowing tribute to a young soldier who was hailed as a fallen hero.

    Lance Corporal Christopher Harkett, 22, from Pontardawe, near Swansea, South Wales, died in a blast in Musa Qala District Centre, Northern Helmand, on March 14.

    Several hundred mourners packed the historic St Peter’s church in his hometown for a funeral service today.

    Hundreds more stood in respectful silence outside, heads bowed, and listening to the service as it was relayed to them over loudspeakers.

    L/Cpl Harkett’s wife, Danielle, his parents, Gerwyn and Alicia and his brother Kyle, were among the last to enter the church.

    They led in a large party of family and friends, many sobbing with emotion, to the sound of bagpipes.

    A uniformed honour guard of seven pallbearers then slowly carried the soldier’s coffin, draped with a Union Flag, into the church.

    The Second Battalion Royal Welsh Regiment Lance Corporal was a member of a highly trained elite group of snipers.

    He lost his life as he lay down covering fire to protect his fellow soldiers.

    Details of his courage on the day he died were given today in a moving address by his regimental chaplain, the Rev Anthony Roache.

    “He was in the heat of battle, concerned to be doing the best that he could,” he said during his service address.

    “Aware of the tactical situation, with heart pounding and adrenaline pumping, he knew that he would be better use in a different position.

    “So, ignoring the danger, he ran to it, only to find that the enemy had been there first.

    “He died as he lived. Trying to do the best he could, trying to look after his mates, putting the needs of others before himself.

    “A typical Welsh warrior – a human being fully alive.”
     
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