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Funeral today of soldier killed in mine explosion

L Cpl Johnson doing what he loved most
L Cpl Johnson doing what he loved most

The funeral of a Kent soldier killed by a mine explosion in Afghanistan takes place today.

L Cpl James Johnson, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who are based at Howe Barracks, Canterbury, was part of a vehicle checkpoint patrol when he died in the blast last month.

The funeral, with full military honours, is at Barham crematorium this morning.

L Cpl Johnson, known as Jimmy, was Scottish, but was raised in Chatham.

His parents Lawrence and Connie Johnson and fiance Bernadette Broadley, who lives in Cantebrury, are expected to attend today's service.

At the time of L Cpl Johnson's death his father said: "I am very proud of my son for being a soldier.

"It was his life. He always wanted to be in the Army since he was a small boy. He loved it."

L Cpl Johnson's commanding officer Lt Col David Richmond, who was himself shot in the leg in Afghanistan, said: "We have lost one of our best; a true air assault infantryman, a gentleman, friend and colleague with spark, wit and courage."

L Cpl Johnson had a daughter, Shannon.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

They are in Afghanistan until October.

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