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Newport soldier's funeral

Funeral takes place today of a Welsh soldier serving with 33 Engineer Regiment. Sapper Connor Ray was wounded by an explosion in southern Afghanistan.

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Family tribute to Sapper Ray

We are intensely shocked, distressed and saddened after losing our hero Connor Ray, who died as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan. We are all tremendously proud of Connor.

Connor was part of Britain’s engineer search unit – 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD); he was critically hurt last Wednesday, the eve of his 21st birthday.

He loved his time in the Army and made great friends.

Connor was a hero to all of his family and friends; brother Vinnie (21), sisters Hollie (17) and Bonnie (16), Aunty Eileen, stepfather Steve, grandparents Leo and Linda, Keith and Sue, girlfriend Hollie, and all of his good friends and family will miss him terribly.

In heaven with his mum now, we will always remember his love of life, his sense of humour and cherish the short time he had to touch our lives.

We would like to thank everybody for their kind words, love and support at this tragic time.

– STATEMENT FROM FAMILY OF SAPPER CONNOR RAY

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