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Bolton soldier killed by bomb blast is laid to rest

Corporal Jack Stanley's coffin leaves church for a private cremation Photo: Ashley Derricott

The funeral of a soldier from Bolton who lost his fight for life more than two months after a bomb blast in Afghanistan has taken place in Littleborough.

Corporal Jack Stanley, 26, from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on April 8 after he was caught in an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) on February 3.

The soldier was a section commander who deployed to Afghanistan with C (Coriano) Company, Combined Force Lashkar Gah (The Queen's Royal Hussars Battle Group) in October 2011.

His mother Brenda, father Tom, sisters Rachel, Larissa and Joanne and his girlfriend Sarah led mourners at the funeral service at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Littleborough.

Jack's coffin left the church for a private service at Rochdale Crematorium.

Cpl Stanley was remembered as a kind, "cheeky chap" who was a passionate Bolton Wanderers FC fan and former pupil at Todmorden High School.

Cpl Stanley was treated in Afghanistan and the UK after he was wounded while on a patrol aimed at improving understanding of the area and the local population in Pupalzay Kalay, east of Lashkar Gah.

He was crossing into a field when he was caught in the blast and airlifted to a medical facility at Camp Bastion before being transferred to Birmingham where he died with his family at his hospital bedside.

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