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Soldier Geoffrey McNeill who was murdered at Clive Barracks is laid to rest

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

The funeral of a murdered soldier who "led from the front" has taken place in Portrush.

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed at his barracks in England on March 8.

Lance Corporal Richard Farrell (23) has been charged with his murder at Clive Barracks, Tern Hill, near Market Drayton in Shropshire.

Following a private family service at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church yesterday, the funeral cortege moved to Ballywillan Cemetery where Corporal McNeill, from Ballymoney, was buried with full military honours. Soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment formed a guard of honour along with Royal British Legion members.

The soldier's family said his life had been dedicated to the regiment. One of his three bothers – Jason – said Geoffrey was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend who touched the lives of all who met him.

Corporal McNeill joined the Army in 2000 and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq.

His Commanding Officer, Lt Col Ivor Gardiner, said: "It is always sad when we lose one of our own, particularly in tragic circumstances.

"Corporal Geoffrey McNeill was was known for looking after all his soldiers and for leading by example from the front."

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