Friends honour war hero at Midhurst tree planting

Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Corporal David O'Connor of 40 Commando who died while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 25, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Corporal David O'Connor of 40 Commando who died while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 25, 2012. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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FRIENDS of Royal Marine Dave O’Connor, the former Midhurst Grammar School pupil who was killed in Afghanistan last October, are holding a special service and tree planting in his memory on Saturday June 29.

One of his best friends and organiser of the event Jess Warren said all his friends were welcome to attend.

They are meeting in the car park next to the Scout Hut at the top of Midhurst’s Carron Lane at 11am

They will then process up to the top of Sunset Hill overlooking the common and the South Downs for a short service led by the Rev Derek Welsman, vicar of Easebourne, and the tree-planting ceremony.

Afterwards, said Jess, everyone would be welcome to join in a barbecue at the Wheatsheaf pub in the centre of Midhurst and take a shot of port in traditional Royal Marine style.

Corporal O’Connor served with 40 Commando Royal Marines.

He was killed on October 24 last year while on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

At the time of his death many people paid tribute to him, including former teachers at Midhurst Primary School.

His funeral took place in Havant where his family had moved.

But Dave had lived in Midhurst for many years and still had many friends from his earlier days living and at school in the town.