A CATHEDRAL funeral service will be held next week for a North-east soldier killed in Afghanistan.

A funeral service with full military honours will be held for Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter in Durham Cathedral on Tuesday (November 20) at 2pm.

The 29-year-old, who lived with his parents near Consett, was killed alongside Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar on October 30, one month into his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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Both soldiers, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, were attending a meeting in Nahr-e Saraj when a man in Afghan police uniform opened fire.

Lt Drummond-Baxter, who was born in Peterborough, leaves behind his mother, Helen, father, David and sister, Emily.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Robinson, described Lt Drummond-Baxter as "a character, a true gentleman and an inspirational leader".