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Hundreds Of Locals Pay Their Respect To Barnsley Soldier

Tuesday November 29 2011


Matthew's Funeral Matthew's Funeral


HUNDREDS of locals lined the streets of Darton today to pay their respects for the Barnsley soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Private Matthew Thornton was killed on November 9 after volunteering to take part in a project to work with the Afghan community. His patrol came under fire and he was caught in the blast of an improvised explosive device.

His funeral was held at 11am today at Darton All Saints Parish Church - but from as early as 9.30am locals had started to line the streets to pay their respects.

Hundreds of tributes have flooded in for Matthew and - at last week's football match - thousands of fans clapped deafening applause in his honour. Here's the video:



* Many thanks to Roland Rogerson for submitting the photograph used above *

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Reply Posted by jayne on Friday November 25 2011 at 08:02
Rest in peace brave young soldier my thought's and prayer's are with his family *

Reply Posted by carol on Monday November 28 2011 at 22:19
R.I.P MATTEW URE VILLAGE SALUTES YOU X

Reply Posted by Denisehumpleby on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 10:46
rest in peace you was so brave and my heart goes out to family and friends

Reply Posted by Truckerisbest on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 12:11
shouldnt be happening to any of our soldiers, rest in peace, thoughts with the family

Reply Posted by Annaroberts1009 on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 12:16
Rip Matthew all our thoughts are with your family I was there paying my respect
With thousands more people your a brave man so rip ur a true hero.

Reply Posted by Thomas Roome on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 12:20
Barnsley as lost another hero ,so we salute you Matthew ............R.I.P.....

Reply Posted by Hamer Donna on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 12:35
What a very sad day for his family and friends, my son who is only 11 goes to matthews former school darton and as a mark of respect the school arranged for the year 7 student's to line the road.so my son was to do this. As keaton went to school this morning, he had a little tear, he said I feel really proud to be honouring the young soldier. I did.nt know matthew but I think he would be proud to. May you rest in peace.

Reply Posted by Lauren attree on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 13:52
Such a sad day another soul lost on a batllefield shame we all cant get along and live in peace n harmony like it should be. May you finally rest in peace and watch over your family and friends n kexbrough n darton our proud of your brave man xxxx

Reply Posted by Geoff Brown on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 20:04
Rest in peace Matthew on the field of battle you were a hero RIP mate from Australia
Geoff Brown and family from Barnsley

Reply Posted by jenny davies from wombwell on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 23:21
rest in peace matthew u will never be forgottern u was so brave and everyone in barnsley is so proud of u xx and my heart and prayers go out to your family xx R.I.P SOILDER

Reply Posted by jenny davies from wombwell on Tuesday November 29 2011 at 23:21
rest in peace matthew u will never be forgottern u was so brave and everyone in barnsley is so proud of u xx and my heart and prayers go out to your family xx R.I.P SOILDER