HUNDREDS of people lined the streets as mourners paid their respects at the funeral of soldier Jack Stanley who died from injuries sustained in Afghanistan.
Corporal 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 Bell, led the mourners at the service, which was followed by a private service at Rochdale Crematorium.
He was remembered as a kind, cheeky chap with a big smile 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.
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.
His friendships in Todmorden were long-lasting and Corporal Stanley enjoyed socialising at the Jack’s House pub, Todmorden, where he watched friends’ bands play and was a member of the pub’s football team, which won promotion last year.
Army colleagues had commented on his skills as a footballer as well as his outstanding contributions as a soldier - he played for the regiment’s football team.