Vigil For Royal Marine

A candle-lit vigil is being held tonight for a Taunton-based Royal marine who was killed in Afghanistan.

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Vigil to take place for Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan

Corporal David O'Connor of 40 Commando was fatally injured while on patrol in Helmand Province. Credit: MOD

A candlelit vigil is being held tonight in memory of a Taunton-based Royal Marine who was killed in Afghanistan.

Corporal David O'Connor of 40 Commando was fatally injured while on patrol in Helmand Province. His body was flown home to Britain earlier this week.

Prayers will take place at All Saints Church in Norton Fitzwarren this evening at 7pm.

Body of Marine returned home

The body of Corporal David O' Connor's body will be returned to RAF Brize Norton today.

Corporal O' Connor was based at Norton Manor camp near Taunton. His cortege will pass the Repatriation memorial garden.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Taunton Deane will among the dignitaries attending the repatriation.


Marine death not 'friendly fire'

An initial review into the deaths of a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has revealed it was not caused by "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence has said.

27 year-old Corporal David O'Connor was serving with 40 Commando, based in Taunton.

He was killed while on patrol in Helmand Province on Wednesday.

Corporal Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment was also killed. Both were deployed to Afghanistan last month to help train Afghan National Security Forces.

An Afghan man, who is believed to have been a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police also died during the incident, an MOD spokesperson confirmed.

He added that the deaths were not the result of a "friendly fire" incident but that investigations into who was responsible could take some time.

Taunton-based Marine "displayed true Commando spirit"

Corporal David O'Connor was an outstanding Royal Marines Commando. He displayed true Commando spirit in all that he did and was ferociously dedicated to his men, his Company and the Royal Marines.

He was an inspirational leader and an excellent soldier; his loss will be felt not just at 40 Commando Royal Marines but throughout the Royal Marines Corps.

– MoD spokesman

Marine killed in Afghanistan named as Corporal David O'Connor

Corporal O'Connor (above left) and Corporal Day (right) died whilst on patrol Credit: MOD

A Royal Marine from Taunton's 40 Commando who was killed in Afghanistan has tonight been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Corporal David O'Connor was fatally injured alongside his colleague, patrol medic Corporal Channing Day while on patrol in Helmand Province.

The 27 year old had been in Afghanistan for less than a month. His commanding officer said he was loved and respected by those around him and was relentless in the pursuit of excellence in his duties. His loss will also be felt in the Taunton community.


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