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Funeral for Edward Drummond-Baxter killed in Afghanistan

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Media captionLt Edward Drummond-Baxter was shot at a checkpoint in Helmand Province

The funeral of a soldier who was shot dead in Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform has taken place at Durham Cathedral.

Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter, 29, from Consett, County Durham, was killed at a checkpoint in Helmand Province.

His friend Captain Ralph Roylance said: "Our commanding officer said he was a true gentleman and the epitome of professionalism, and I echo that."

He leaves behind his mother Helen, father David and sister Emily.

Capt Roylance added: "He was always spending extra time with his soldiers. He cared deeply about them and their wellbeing."

Lt Drummond-Baxter, who was serving with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was killed alongside Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar on October 30.

The men had completed a meeting known as a shura with local police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when they were fatally wounded.

Speaking before the funeral, the Dean Michael Sadgrove said: "It is an honour. We want to honour someone who courageously gave his life in conflict and it is right we should do that in a place that is public and visible."

Image caption Lt Drummond-Baxter was known for his wit, charm and bravery

Lieutenant Colonel David Robinson, commanding officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, said: "Our battalion has lost a character, a true gentleman and an inspirational leader in Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter."

The platoon commander, attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines, was known to many as DB.

He was slightly older than some of his fellow officers who looked to him for advice, and was known for his wit, charm and bravery.

Born in Peterborough, he went to Eton and was a month into his first operational tour of Afghanistan.

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