Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Hundreds mourn tragic Royal Marine

Pall bearers from the Royal Marines carry the coffin of their colleague, Lance Corporal Martin Gill, 22

Hundreds of mourners packed into a Nottingham church to pay their final respects to a Royal Marine who was shot dead in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Martin Gill, 22, of 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province on June 5.

The serviceman, who became known as "Fish" to his fellow servicemen, had lost his mother just weeks before he was deployed overseas.

His company commander said the young marine, who was from Nottingham, became the "bedrock" for his younger brother, John- Daniel, and sister, Rebecca, after their mother died a month before the start of his tour in Afghanistan.

He had been taking part in a patrol to meet locals in the Adensee area and had been providing cover for a comrade who was using a metal detector to look for hidden Taliban roadside bombs when he was killed.

There was only standing room at his funeral service at the 600-capacity Church of the Good Shepherd in Woodthorpe, Nottingham.

Around 50 people lining the streets around the church fell silent as the funeral cortege arrived and L/Cpl Gill's coffin was carried into church.

Speaking before the service, Major Erik Nielsen, Royal Marines, said: "He was a superb soldier, he was a charismatic individual and he made his mark and his stamp immediately on the unit," he said.

Major Nielsen said that the young marine was quickly promoted to his position of Lance Corporal, something that was testament to the type of solider he was.

He said: "Totally professional, utterly loyal, totally selfless in every act that he did - these were the traits and the characteristics that stood out, amongst others, with lots of other things that he did."

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