Major Kevin McLoughlin paid tribute to Nuneaton's Sergeant John Kups at his funeral in Morriston, Swansea this afternoon.
He described Sergeant Kups as a 'very experienced professional soldier"
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Cloudy with rain or drizzle at times, locally heavy over higher ground in Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Rain, persistent and heavy at times, will affect the region through the day with hill fog over Derbyshire Peaks.