THE funeral of a teenage soldier, who died trying to save a comrade, took place in Castle Bromwich this week.
Rifleman Joe Murphy, aged 18, was killed last month while serving in Afghanistan. He had been attempting to carry his good friend, and fellow rifleman, Daniel Simpson to safety when both men were killed in an explosion.
Yesterday (Thursday) morning, hundreds of mourners gathered outside St Wilfred’s Roman Catholic Church to pay their last respects.
Donations were given to the 2 Rifles and Help for Heroes.
After the funeral, the cortege travelled to Villa Park. The serviceman had been an avid Aston Villa supporter and a representative from the club placed a wreath on the coffin.
Mourners then travelled to Woodlands Cemetery, near Coleshill, for the burial.
A former pupil of Archbishop Grimshaw School, Rifleman Murphy was killed in action on July 10.
He was one of five soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Rifles to die on the same day.
He leaves behind parents Brian and Jill and older brother Ben, who this week described him as their “brave soldier”.
Almost a month since the teenager’s death, new tributes continue to be posted on social networking website Facebook.
Leanne Haywood wrote: “Can I just say thank you so much for all your kind messages, I am Joe’s cousin and am humbled by the support that you are all showing at this terrible time.”