THE start of Ryan Tomlin’s funeral was marked at 12.30pm today (Monday) with the flying past of a tornado.
The senior aircraftman’s coffin was then carried into St Mary’s Church in High Street, Hemel Hempstead, by six of his comrades and followed by his family.
Crowds lined the old town to pay their respects to the former Astley Cooper schoolboy.
The 21-year-old was fatally wounded by small arms fire from an insurgent attack while he was on patrol in Afghanistan on Monday, February 13.
He will be buried at Woodwells Cemetery.
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