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Blackpool soldier laid to rest

Fusilier Samuel Flint, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Photo: Ministry of Defence

The funeral of Fusilier Samuel Flint is taking place in Blackpool this morning.

The 21 year old died in Afghanistan along with two other soldiers when their vehicle was hit by a home made bomb.

Fusilier Flint will be laid to rest in Lytham following a service at Poulton Parish Church.

The ministry of Defence say:-

Fusilier Flint was part of a patrol travelling along Route 611 between forward operating base Ouellette and patrol base Lashkar Gah Durai, in Nahr-e-Saraj district, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Fusilier Flint, 21, joined the Army in November 2011 and was considered to be extremely fit and motivated.

The Blackpool-born soldier was an avid supporter of Manchester City and was a motorsport enthusiast.

He was also based in forward operating base Ouellette in the northern Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province.

The Flint-Broughton family released a statement and said: "The whole family is completely devastated. Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud.

"Sam was always the life and soul of the party, a real ladies' man, witty funny, the real cheeky chappy.

He was a loving son, the protective brother, courageous nephew, the caring uncle, the loyal grandson that anyone would wish to have. "We want to thank everyone for the kind tributes and strong support."