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Mourners at York Minster for the funeral of a local solider

Mourners at York Minster for the funeral of a local solider

10:30am 15th July 2010
(Updated 7:29am 16th July 2010)

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of York to pay their respects for a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Trooper Ashley Smith from Acomb, was on patrol in Helmand Province when he was killed on 18 June.

At least 500 people, including the soldier's family and close friends, packed into the Minster to say goodbye. 

Members of the Royal British Legion lowered their standards as the hearse was driven slowly to the cathedral, where fellow soldiers of the Royal Dragoon Guards mounted an honour guard.

Flowers in the hearse were dedicated to a son, brother and uncle. One message read: "You are now part of God's army of angels - forever in our hearts mum and dad."

His coffin was taken in a hearse for a private burrial after the service

(PICTURED: Trooper Ashley Smith)

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