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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Village bids an emotional farewell

A VILLAGE paid tribute to one of its own in a dignified ceremony on Thursday afternoon.

Several hundred people lined Ecclefechan High Street in light rain as Corporal Josh Hoole made his final journey.

The 26-year-old member of The Rifles regiment, who had served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, died suddenly while training at Brecon, Wales last week.

Fellow NCOs joined local people on the pavements as the cortege, led by a piper from the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, made its way through the former Lockerbie Academy pupil’s home village.

Funeral services with full military honours took place later at the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries and at near-by Roucan Loch Crematorium.

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PAYING RESPECTS . . . fellow NCOs from The Rifles regiment joined the public lining the High Street at Ecclefechan as Corporal Josh Hoole's cortege passed by *** Local Caption *** PAYING RESPECTS . . . fellow NCOs from The Rifles regiment joined the public lining the High Street at Ecclefechan as Corporal Josh Hoole's cortege passed by

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