MOURNERS paid their respects at the funeral of a soldier from Calderdale who died from injuries sustained in Afghanistan.
Corporal Jack Stanley, 26, a former pupil of Todmorden High School, was serving with the Queen’s Royal Hussars.
He died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on April 8 from injuries sustained in an explosion from an IED – improvised explosive device – on February 3.
His funeral, with full military honours, was held at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Littleborough.
His mother Brenda, father Tom, sisters Rachel, Larissa and Joanne and his girlfriend Sarah, led the mourners at the service, which was followed by a private service at Rochdale Crematorium.
He was remembered as a kind, cheeky chap who was a passionate Bolton Wanderers FC fan.
Corporal Stanley, a section commander, was wounded while on patrol in Pupalzay Kalay, east of Lashkar Gah.
He was airlifted to a medical unit at Camp Bastion before being transferred to Birmingham where he died with his family at his bedside.
His death shook the Todmorden community where he was brought up and his many friends thought he was slowly recovering from horrific injuries.
After moving to Bolton he was still a regular visitor to the town and a popular drinker at the Jack’s House pub.
Landlady Susan Landale was among many mourners from Todmorden.
She said: “I don’t really like talking about it as it is personal to all of us who knew him.
“Everybody is so sad but very supportive of his family.”
Corporal Stanley joined the army in January 2003 and, after training, joined The Queen’s Royal Hussars.
He deployed to Iraq in 2006 and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said even then he was already making a name for himself as a gifted young soldier.
On his return from Iraq, he was put into Reconnaissance Troop, where he excelled.
The funerals of three soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment take place in Huddersfield next week.
Tributes will be paid to Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, and Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, who all lost their lives in a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
They were among six killed when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up on March 6.
Books of condolence remain open for people to sign in Huddersfield Parish Church and in the Halifax Minster, which is historically the home of the Regiment.