Funeral of York soldier killed in Afghanistan
2:21pm 27th July 2010
(Updated 4:20pm 28th July 2010)
Friends and family of Royal Marine David Hart have said a final goodbye at York Minster.
Marine Hart was serving as part of Combined Force Sangin when he was killed on the eve of his 24th birthday in an explosion on foot patrol in Sangin in Helmand.
The 23-year-old lived in Upper Poppleton and his parents, Dilys and Chris Hart.
They paid tribute to their son saying "Throughout his life David showed the qualities of the Commando spirit, he had a great personality and was a friend to everyone.
"His cheerfulness, his sense of humour and, of course, his smile will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. We are immensely proud, as he was, of his achievements."
His sister, Sarah Hart, added: "Dave, I will miss you so much. You were so brave and I will always remember you as a true hero."
Marine Tim Sage of 45 Commando, was trained with David and counted as a friend. He paid tribute to him on the steps on the Minster:
Marine Hart "died doing what he loved. He was always smiling and always had a big cheeky smile on his face."
He said the Marines were "one big, close family" and said such tragedies "rippled through the core from top to bottom".
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