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Money for dead soldiers baby son.


Thousands of pounds have been raised for the baby of a soldier who was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan.

Sjt Paul McAleese, 29, from Hereford, was helping an 18-year-old comrade who had been caught in an earlier blast in Helmand Province 20 August.

Half of the money raised in Hereford city centre on Saturday will go to a trust fund set up for Sjt McAleese's baby son, Charley.

The rest will go to Help for Heroes, a charity that supports wounded soldiers.

Sjt McAleese, of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, was the son of John McAleese, who was in the SAS and at the centre of the raid which ended the siege at the Iranian embassy in London in 1980.

Sjt McAleese had gone to the aid of Pte Johnathon Young, 18, from Hull, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, who also died.

The spelling Serjeant - rather than Sergeant - is used in The Rifles.

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