Bath funeral tribute to soldier killed in Afghan ambush
A funeral service for one of the three British servicemen killed in an ambush attack in Afghanistan was held in Bath today.
Warrant Officer Leonard Perran Thomas died on July 1 when he shot dead by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform at a checkpoint.
Today, his family, friends and colleagues paid tribute to WO Thomas, 44, at Bath Abbey.
He was killed alongside fellow British soldiers, Guardsman Craig Andrew Roderick and Guardsman Apete Saunikalou Ratumaiyale Tuisovurua, both of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
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The three servicemen, members of an Afghan Police Advisory Team, had been helping organise a shura – or meeting of elders – at Checkpoint Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand Province, when they were shot and fatally wounded.
They received first aid at the scene but died of their injuries.
A man believed to be responsible for the shooting is in custody, the Ministry of Defence has said.
WO Thomas, who grew up in Cornwall, was "in the twilight of an exemplary military career" and on his final operational tour when he was killed, an MoD statement revealed.
His funeral service was held at Bath Abbey because his brigade headquarters is in Corsham.
The soldier's father was Major Treve Thomas and his grandfather, Captain Arthur L Thomas, governor of Camborne School of Mines.
He leaves his mother Sylvia, long-term partner Rachel and younger brother Tristan.
He is also the nephew of noted historian and archaeologist Professor Charles Thomas, former director of the Institute of Cornish Studies.
A tribute from his family said: "Pez was a military man through and through. He thrived in extreme environments, both in the military and in his spare time.
"He was a keen climber and a mountaineer and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege to have met him."