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Father's Kilimanjaro tribute to son killed in action.

The father of a Midland soldier killed in Afghanistan is carrying his son's war medal to the top of Africa's highest mountain in an emotional tribute to him.

Trooper James Munday, who served alongside Prince William, was killed in war-torn Helmand Province when a bomb exploded beneath his military vehicle last year.

He was just 21. His parents, Rob and Caroline Munday, from Coleshill, accepted the first Badge of Honour award from our sister paper the Birmingham Mail on their son's behalf and have become ambassadors for the campaign to give more recognition to Midland troops.

Now, Mr Munday is climbing almost 20,000ft to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as a tribute to his son.

His trek began at the weekend and he is due to arrive at the summit on Friday, which would have been James's birthday.

In his backpack is the sterling silver Badge of Honour medal presented posthumously to James. Mr Munday, a traffic supervisor at the NEC, said: "James always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro but he never had the chance.

"It is going to be an extremely emotional moment when I get to the top. "We will have been walking all night to get there and we will be exhausted. I think I will be overcome by the moment.

Not only will there be that sense of achievement of getting there but I will be thinking of James.

"He was well-known for being an incredible skier and there is nowhere more fitting for his medal to rest than on top of such a famous mountain. I'm sure we would have been celebrating his birthday down the pub though if he was still here."

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Trooper James Munday Rob Munday from Coleshill ready for his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Memory of his son, James, who was killed in Afghanistan nearly a year ago
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