Corporal David O'Connor death: Candlelit vigil to be held for fallen Royal Marine
A candlelit vigil to remember the life of Corporal David O’Connor will be held on Thursday, after his body is repatriated to Britain today.
It will be held at All Saints’ Church, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, at 7pm to pray for his family and to “hold in heart and mind” all of the locally-based 40 Commando Marines and their families.
Corporal O’Connor will be repatriated to the Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire today, where the Mayor and Mayoress of Taunton, Terry and Ann Hall will travel to pay their respects on behalf of the town.
Corporal O’Connor served with 40 Commando, based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, and died alongside Corporal Channing Day, of 3 Medical Regiment, while on patrol in Afghanistan.
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The circumstances surrounding their deaths are still under investigation but Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said it is possible that they were shot in a “green-on-blue attack”, a term used to describe an attack by Afghan Forces on coalition forces.
Corporal O’Connor was described by the Ministry of Defence as an “outstanding” Royal Marine.