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Sam Brownridge: British Army Soldier's Funeral Held In Stafford

Twenty-three-year-old Fusilier Sam Brownridge passed away earlier this month on deployment after sustaining a non-battle injury in Estonia.

A funeral service has been held in Stafford to mark the life of a British Army soldier who died in Estonia earlier this month.

Twenty-three-year-old Fusilier Sam Brownridge, from The First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died on 5 July from a non-battle injury while on deployment.

Making his final journey from his family home in Cannock to Stafford Crematorium, the soldier was followed by a procession of motorbikes.

Restrictions relating to coronavirus meant the private service could only host close family members, although many made the journey alongside the funeral procession.

Fusilier Sam Brownridge
Fus Brownridge was serving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' Mortar Platoon at the time of his death (Picture: MOD).

A keen motorcyclist and a member of the British Army’s Enduro Motorcycle Racing Team, Fus Brownridge had been deployed on Operation Cabrit when he died, part of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic region.

Roughly 900 British personnel are deployed to Estonia as part of the NATO mission.

Fus Brownridge joined the British Army in 2017, later being posted to the 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

He later moved from Z Company to the battalion’s Mortar Platoon in January 2019, serving with them until his death.

The Army has launched an investigation into his death.

The 23-year-old's family have asked those paying respects to donate money to ABF The Soldier's Charity.