Crowds line streets for funeral of soldier killed in Afghanistan

Funeral of James Ashworth
Funeral cortege of Corby soldier James Ashworth Photo: Neil Bradford / ITV Anglia

Spontaneous applause greeted the funeral cortege of a Corby soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Crowds lined the streets outside of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Occupation Road, in honour of the 23-year-old L/cpl James Ashworth.

L/cpl James Ashworth
L/cpl James Ashworth Credit: Ministry of Defence

He was serving with the 1st Batallion Grenadier Guards when he died in a grenade blast in Helmand province.

His captain Ian Farrell, described him as rising star, he said: "He was a born leader in and out of work. He was one of a kind and an excellent solder. As a Grenadier he was fit, capable and professional to the core."

A public funeral service was heard at the church before a private cremation.