Hundreds attend funeral of murdered Army captain

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A HERO soldier killed during a football match on Remembrance Sunday in Afghanistan has been laid to rest.

Hundreds of people joined together for the funeral of Captain Walter Reid Barrie, from Auchinloch.

He was playing in a football game between British and Afghan soldiers in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand Province in Afghanistan when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan army.

The 41-year-old had been mentoring and advising members of the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Captain Barrie was married to Sonia and father to their 15-year-old son Callum.

As a youngster he had attended Auchinloch Primary and Lenzie Academy.

A service was held in Glencorse Kirk, in Penicuik, last Thursday, where Captain Barrie’s son, 15-year-old Callum, paid tribute to his dad. Colleagues also spoke of the popular soldier.

Captain Barrie was a keen Rangers fan and when his coffin was carried out of the church the tune ‘Simply the Best’ was played.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist also attended the funeral.

Captain Barrie was laid to rest in a private burial at Glencorse Cemetery.

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