Tributes paid to Kingsman Ryan Ward

Ryan Ward
Kingsman Ryan Ward who died in his Kendal home last month Photo: Ministry of Defence

The day after Remembrance Sunday, Kendal fell silent again this afternoon to remember the fallen.

Today it was the passing of one war hero in particular that brought the town onto the street in mourning.

Kingsman Ryan Ward had not long returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan where superior officers say he served with distinction saving many lives.

His body was found last month in his Kendal home, Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

Today friends family and comrade to pay tribute to a man they called a true hero.

With poppies still lying rows deep on the town's War Memorial Kendal's MP has urged people to remember not just those who die in wars but those who have to live on with scarring both mental and physical. Not all of war's victims fall upon the battlefield,

An inquest has been opened into Kingsman Ryan's death, and no official comment on it is expected before the coroner's report.

Ryan Ward was described today as a brave man and exceptional soldier. A man who pulled others through dark times during the heat of battle.

Today his family laid him to rest. He was just twenty years old.