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Family's farewell to the best brother, son and boyfriend you could wish for; Funeral of Kingsman Adam Smith.

Byline: By MARY MURTAGH

HE was one of the army's finest.

But to his Liverpool family and sweetheart, Kingsman Adam Smith, 19, was the best son, brother and boyfriend you could have wished for.

Today, as he was laid to rest in a funeral with full military honours, his loved ones paid tribute to their "lovable rogue" who was a dedicated soldier, yet friend to all.

Terri Dunphy Adam's girlfriend of three years, said: "He would be loving all this attention. He was so proud to be in the army. Being a soldier suited him so well.

"I've lost the most precious thing in my entire life. I don't know how I am supposed to carry on without him."

On Maundy Thursday Kingsman Smith, of the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, became Merseyside's ninth member of the armed forces to die in Iraq since war began.

He was one of four colleagues killed when a roadside bomb attack blew up their Warrior armoured tank near Basra.

That day his mother Pam, 48, and father Derek, 49, got the visitor every army parent dreads.

Mrs Smith said: "I answered the front door and there was a man standing there. I can't remember what he said because it is all a blur, but I knew that Adam was dead.

"I still can't believe he is gone. It is like a nightmare. I can't believe he will never walk through that front door, with a big bag full of washing, ever again.

"He was always happy and I'll miss his big sparkly eyes."

The Smith's family home in Old Swan is full of hundreds of condolence cards and flowers.

So popular was their son that some of the cards come from people the Smith family do not even know.

Terri has been getting constant phone calls from Adam's devastated comrades and friends left in Iraq.

Adam was last home on leave in February and was due home again in six weeks.

marymurtagh@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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Date:Apr 19, 2007
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