John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

John Campbell fought in Burma 70 years ago. When he died, no-one could find his family. The British Legion is giving him a proper send off.

Soldier named in Afghanistan shooting

The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier killed in Afghanistan as Sapper Richard Reginald Walker from 28 Engineer Regiment.

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Tributes paid to fallen soldier

Captain Richard Holloway, 29, from County Durham, was killed east of Kabul on December 23. Credit: Credit: MoD/Crown Copy/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to a County Durham soldier who died in Afghanistan two days before Christmas. Captain Richard Holloway died after coming under enemy fire while on operations near Kabul. He's been described as 'an exceptional young man'

He leaves behind parents Jaquie and Neil, brother Luke and girlfriend Sandy. In a statement, his family said:

"Our son Richard was an exceptional young man, a perfectionist in everything he did and a loyal brother and friend, who embraced life to the full.

Full report: Military families this Christmas

For many, this Christmas will be a time of celebration with their families. However, hundreds of North East servicemen and women will be spending Christmas day away from home, in places like Afghanistan.

It means their children, partners and parents are here without them at what can be a very difficult time. We have met one family in Morpeth who share what it is like to be an army family at Christmas. Frances Read Reports.

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