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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, other senior royals and Prime Minister Tony Blair were among those who attended 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.

Today, there was heavy security around the cathedral in central London with uniformed police cordoning off some roads.

Relatives of the 50 military personnel who died in the conflict and its aftermath walked silently, some hand in hand, into St Paul's alongside military veterans of the war who were in uniform.

The service was being addressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. A minute's silence, led by Bishop to the Forces the Rt Rev David Conner, was also held, with a bugler sounding the Last Post. Prayers for penitence and reconciliation called for "an end to injustice, terrorism and war".

There was no victory parade or military marchpast at the event - in keeping with the theme of remembrance rather than triumphalism.

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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