Warrant Officer Leonard 'Pez' Thomas funeral held

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas
Image caption WO Leonard Thomas was killed alongside two colleagues as they left a checkpoint

The funeral has taken place of a Territorial Army soldier who was shot dead in Afghanistan in an attack by an Afghan policeman.

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas, 44, known as "Pez", and two other soldiers died earlier this month in Helmand.

The 44-year-old was serving with the Royal Corps of Signals and lived in Symonds Yat, near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, with his partner Rachel.

Hundreds of people attended the service at Bath Abbey.

A private family ceremony was also held at a nearby cemetery.

'Make a difference'

Capt Andy Bernard, from 37 Signal Regiment, based in Bristol, said WO Thomas's family and fellow soldiers travelled to the funeral from all over the country.

A veteran of the first Gulf War, WO Thomas had volunteered to serve in Afghanistan.

He was killed along with Craig Roderick and Apete Tuisovurua, both of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, on 1 July as they left the Kamparack Pul checkpoint in Helmand province.

His family said he was "genuinely driven by a desire to help make a difference".

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