Northern Ireland

Cpl Geoffrey McNeill: Funeral held in Portrush

Geoffrey McNeill Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Cpl Geoffrey McNeill's funeral will take place at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church

The funeral of a soldier found dead in his barracks in England has taken place in Portrush, County Antrim.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, 32, from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was found dead at Clive Barracks, Tern Hill, near Market Drayton on 8 March.

Soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment formed a guard of honour along with Royal British Legion members.

Lance/Corporal Richard Farrell, 23, also of Clive Barracks, has been charged with his murder.

After a private family service at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church, the funeral cortege moved to Ballywillan Cemetary where Mr McNeill was buried with full military honours.

The soldiers' family said his life had been dedicated to the Royal Irish Regiment.

In a statement, one of his three brothers - Jason - said he was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend and touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

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