THE funeral of a Royal Marine who was killed in Afghanistan is to be held in Sheldon on Wednesday January 14.
Corporal Robert Deering was described by his commanding officer as having the “heart of a lion and the courage to match”.
Military colleagues will be among the mourners at St Giles’ Church in Sheldon at the 11am service.
Colonel Andy Maynard said Cpl Deering had served around the globe and was no stranger to risk, but faced up to it, displaying the finest qualities of the Commando spirit: courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness.
“The latter in particular was a trait that he is remembered for as a larger-than-life and popular man, who loved eating and drinking in good company,” he said. “The mountain of Christmas parcels he received is testament to his popularity.”
Cpl Deering, 33, died in an explosion caused by an apparent booby trap while on routine patrol in Helmand Province on December 21. Solihull-born Cpl Deering had recently moved in to a house in Sheldon with his fiancee, Gemma, who was described as his “best friend.
His family have asked that donations are made in lieu of flowers to the Help for Heroes fund or the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund.