Funeral for Castle Donington soldier killed in car crash

A full military funeral is being held for a Leicestershire soldier killed in an accident in the German town of Paderborn where he was stationed.

Vehicle mechanic Craftsman William Saffell, 20, from Castle Donington, was on a night out with a group of soldiers when they were hit by a car on 6 July.

It is believed a car ran a red light and struck the group on the pavement.

Cfn Saffell's regiment, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, will attend the funeral in Castle Donington on Monday.

'Best' soldier

In a statement, his mother Claire said: "He was a son, brother and friend. Whatever William set out to do or achieve, he attained it.

"His quietly strong sense of direction and purpose was evident from his youngest days."

Cfn Saffell's squadron leader, Maj Justin Stenhouse, said he would be greatly missed by everyone.

"He was probably one of my best soldiers and I often held him up as an example to new soldiers who'd arrived.

"He was professional to the core and hugely popular. Pretty much my entire regiment is moving from Germany to castle Donington on Monday for his funeral," Maj Stenhouse said.

Cfn Saffell was due to deploy to Afghanistan later this year.

German police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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