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Cpl Lee Brownson honoured in Bishop Auckland

Corporal Lee Brownson
Image caption Corporal Lee Brownson was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

A bench to honour the memory of a County Durham soldier has been installed at his former school.

Corporal Lee Brownson, of Bishop Auckland, was fatally injured while on foot patrol in Helmand province in January 2010.

The memorial bench was set up in the playground of St Andrews Primary school in his home town of Bishop Auckland.

The school, which is where he met his wife, is now attended by his two daughters.

Margaret Yates, the school's head, said: "We wanted to pay tribute to his memory, and the children in the school can use it for many years to come."

Cpl Brownson, of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was due to become a father for the third time when he died. His wife has since given birth to a son.

During the inquest into his death it emerged he had volunteered to lead a night patrol, which was aimed at preventing the Taliban from planting improvised explosive devices, and reducing their ability to intimidate the local population.

In December, he was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

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