Picture Gallery: Midhurst pays tribute to Royal Marine David O’Connor

FAMILY members, Royal Marines and members of the community gathered yesterday (November 11) to pay tribute to a heroic young man who died while serving in Afghanistan.

A plaque was unveiled at Midhurst Rother College in honour of Corporal David O’Connor, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, who was fatally injured while on patrol in Helmand Province on October 24, 2012.

Royal Marines, ''family and friends gather to watch the unveiling Picture by Kate Shemilt

Royal Marines, ''family and friends gather to watch the unveiling Picture by Kate Shemilt

Captain Mike O’Kelly was chairman of governors at Midhurst Grammar School, and served in the Royal Navy for 34 years.

He said: “All those in David’s command speak in glowing terms of his inspiring leadership, personal bravery, skill as a leader, and his humour.

“He was a truly remarkable person, and a gallant man.”

The 27-year-old was shot while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he was training Afghan police.

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David’s mother Rosemary said: “David spent all his leave in Midhurst.

“This was a beautiful ceremony and it was lovely to have some 
of 40 Commando here. It was very special.”

David went to Midhurst Primary and Intermediate Schools as well as the grammar school, which is now Midhurst Rother College. He also served in the Midhurst detachment of the Army Cadet Force.

See the full story in this week’s Observer (November 13).

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C141013-10 Mid Dave phot kate Jim Wilson who served with Dave O'Connor..Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141013-10 SUS-141111-172534001