L/Cpl James Brynin: Wreaths laid before Seagulls match

L/Cpl James Brynin holding Seagulls flag L/Cpl James Brynin was a fan of the Seagulls

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Wreaths have been laid at Brighton and Hove Albion's home game against Blackburn in memory of a Sussex soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

L/Cpl James Brynin, 22, who was born in Shoreham-by-Sea and known as Jay, was shot dead during a patrol in Helmand province on 15 October.

His father Efrem Brynin said he was "immensely proud" of his son, who had loved being a soldier.

"James died a warrior's death... as a hero," he said.

L/Cpl Brynin served with the 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) and was laid to rest at a private funeral service in Pulborough on Tuesday.

He had been working as an intelligence analyst when his patrol was attacked in Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah.

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His father said: "You always have this worry as a parent that did he sit there bleeding to death for hours? Was he scared? Was he panicked?

"But we're kind of comforted by the fact that we know that isn't the case any more."

L/Cpl Brynin regularly played under-16s football.

Wreath lead for L/Cpl James Brynin More than 27,000 football supporters watched as the wreaths were laid in memory of L/Cpl Brynin

He was also a Seagulls fan and a minute's silence was held at Brighton's Amex Stadium after two wreaths were laid on the pitch by managers of the club, watched by members of his family.

More than £5,400 has now been donated to the charity Hounds For Heroes in L/Cpl Brynin's memory.

Football grounds around the country also paused shortly before the 15:00 GMT fixtures as part of a three-day commemoration of Britain's war dead.

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