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Tribute 'not a victory parade'.


A WARWICKSHIRE bomb disposal expert is today being remembered at a national tribute service to those who died in the Iraqi conflict.

The Queen, 11 other senior royals and Prime Minister Tony Blair were among those attending the multi-faith service in St Paul's Cathedral to honour the 50 British soldiers who have died since the conflict started.

Staff Sergeant Chris Muir, a father-of-one who worked with the Army School of Ammunition, in the Royal Logistic Corps, based at Kineton, died on March 31, during an operation to dismantle munitions.

The Ministry of Defence said the event was intended to be a service of remembrance rather than a victory parade.

Military top brass in the VIP congregation were expected to wear uniforms but there would be no guard of honour.

"It will not be triumphal," said the Ministry of Defence. "It is not a victory parade."

The Dean of St Paul's, the Very Rev Dr John Moses, was leading prayers and the order of service, decided jointly by St Paul's and the Ministry of Defence, also focuses on the future of Iraq and its people. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams was delivering an address and there was to be a minute's silence with a bugler sounding the Last Post and then Reveille. Prayers for penitence and reconciliation were calling for "an end to injustice, terrorism and war".

Two US soldiers were killed and four injured in an ambush just hours after a suicide car bombing that killed 10 people in the same Baghdad neighbourhood.

The troops from the 1st Armoured Division were on a routine patrol in Sadr City, when they were ambushed.


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Date:Oct 10, 2003
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