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Funeral of army captain David Seath held in Dunfermline

Captain David Seath's funeral was held at St Margaret's RC Memorial Church in Dunfermline
Image caption Captain David Seath's funeral was held at St Margaret's RC Memorial Church in Dunfermline

The funeral of an Afghanistan veteran and Green Beret who died after collapsing during the London Marathon has been held in Dunfermline, Fife.

Captain David Seath, 31, was a fire support team commander in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

He suffered a suspected cardiac arrest while running the course and later died in hospital.

He will be buried following a funeral in St Margaret's RC Memorial Church in Dunfermline.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the church for the service, which was led by parish priest Father Chris Heenan.

Capt Seath was originally from Cowdenbeath in Fife.

Maj Jim McCaffery, 7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery, which is based in Arbroath, told the service: "It is with great sadness that were are here today to say farewell to Captain David Seath.

"David was an inspiration to all of us. I genuinely could not have wished for a finer officer.

"He will be sorely missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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Image caption Capt David Seath grew up in Scotland and had been based in Plymouth

A family notice published in the Dunfermline Press said the service would be a "celebration of David's life" and urged mourners to wear bright colours.

Capt Seath fell ill at the 23-mile mark while taking part in the race.

Following his death, Capt Seath's friends and colleagues vowed to continue to raise money for Help for Heroes and walk the final three miles of the marathon course.

More than £100,000 has been donated to a JustGiving page in his memory while about £80,000 has been raised for the charity on his own page.

The fundraising page in memory of Capt Seath was set up by Capt James Walker-McClimens of the 7th Parachute Royal Horse Artillery.

Having served with Capt Seath in the 19th Regiment The Royal Artillery The Highland Gunners in Tidworth, they went on tour together to Afghanistan in 2012, returning at the same time.

Capt Walker-McClimens "In the Army we don't like unfinished business, it was something he wanted to do - he wanted to do the full marathon, so we are going to complete it for him."

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