Hundreds turned out to pay tribute to a soldier from Washington killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
23-year-old Richard Walker, who served with the Royal Engineers, had been preparing the base for handover to the Afghan National Army.
Sapper Walker's Commanding Officer spoke about how the regiment were still in disbelief that he was gone.
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