Darlington soldier Pte John King is laid to rest

Private John King
Image caption Private John King died when he was hit by a blast on 30 December

The funeral of a Darlington soldier killed in Afghanistan has taken place in the town.

Pte John King, 19, died on 30 December when an explosion hit a group on foot patrol with Afghan National Security Forces.

He joined the Army in 2009 and served with B(FAMARS) Company of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

About 500 family, friends and former colleagues gathered at St Cuthbert's Church on Tuesday.

Pte King leaves behind his mother Karen, father Barry, brothers Ian and Stephen and girlfriend Kelly.

In a statement, his family said: "John was a tremendous son, brother and boyfriend.

"He was a devoted grandson, a loving family member, and a proud soldier who died doing a job he adored."

Maj Greg Peck said: "Pte King was a very popular lad. Here we've got a lad who has given everything to Queen and country.

"It is only right that everyone gets the opportunity to show their appreciation and say farewell to him.

"This has been an emotional day but we have to demonstrate that he meant something to us."

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