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Lt Daniel Clack funeral held in Woodford Green

The funeral has taken place of a soldier from north London who was killed in an explosion while leading a foot patrol in southern Afghanistan.

Lt Daniel Clack, 24, of 1st Battalion The Rifles, was called "profound and inspiring" by his commanding officer.

He died in Shaparak in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

About 400 mourners attended St Paul's Church in Woodford Green, north-east London, with shopkeepers and well-wishers lining local streets.

Five of Lt Clack's colleagues were hurt in the explosion, which happened 150m (500ft) from the entrance to the checkpoint where he was based.

'Leadership and bravery'

Lt Clack's commanding officer, Lt Col James de Labilliere, said the Exeter University graduate was "a young officer who was quite simply part of the heart and the soul of the battalion".

Image caption Lt Daniel Clack, who was 24 when he died, was described as "the heart and soul" of his battalion

"He died commanding his riflemen on operations in the most demanding of circumstances, engaged in the war of our generation - one which he was proud to be a part of.

"He had, day on day, demonstrated leadership and bravery," Lt Col de Labilliere added.

Lt Clack's family also spoke of his bravery and said he died "doing the only profession he ever considered".

"He loved leading his riflemen and was so proud to be an officer in the British Army," they said in a statement.

Lt Clack became the 379th member of the military to have died in operations in Afghanistan since 2001, and the 52nd to have come from Greater London.

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