A FULL military and civic funeral will provide a poignant home town tribute to fallen Clayton-le-Moors paratrooper Private Jason Rawstron.
Jason, 23, of Barnes Street, was killed when his patrol was ambushed by the Taliban in Afghanistan on 12 September.
The solemn sound of the bugle accompanied the hero’s coffin, draped in a Union flag, as he was returned to British soil at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire last Friday.
The funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, Clayton-le-Moors, on Wednesday starting at 12.30pm.
The coffin will be carried into the church by male family members – his father Gary, stepfather Brett, brother Graham and uncles Derek, Ken and Peter.
After the service, led by the Rev John Tranter, he will be borne out of the church by Army comrades and buried at Dill Hall Cemetery with full military honours.
The funeral will allow the borough to pay its last respects, with civic dignitaries and local British Legion branches set to join family, friends and the military.
The town has already shown its sympathy and solidarity with his family and girlfriend Michaela Walsh by displaying flags and organising charity collections in aid of wounded servicemen.
Jason’s mum Mandy said there were also moves afoot for a lasting memorial in Clayton – including the possibility of three benches in Barnes Square, Mercer Park and the Forts Arms.
She added that she had been overwhelmed by messages of support and encouraged the funeral congregation to celebrate Jason’s life.
She said: "They can wear black if they like but he was such a loud and proud dresser so the louder the better."
Family flowers only are requested and donations can be sent in memory of Jason to Help for Heroes, c/o L Champ Funeral Service.