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Funeral of Cornish man killed in Gaza

The funeral takes place for a Cornish aid worker killed in an airstrike in Gaza.

Jim Henderson, 33, was one of seven aid workers killed in the Israeli attack in April.

One of his brothers, Matt, said: “He has achieved so much in his life in a short time.”

Several of the pallbearers of Mr Henderson’s coffin were with him in the Royal Marines 40 Commando unit and paid tribute before the service began at Truro Cathedral at 12 noon BST.

Jordan McGrath worked with Mr Henderson in a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan in 2012.

He said: ‘You could always turn to Jim for reassurance or strength when you needed it. He was a real pillar of the troop.

“It was great to know you have guys like Jim with you.

“He was incredible, he simply embodied what it meant to be a Royal Marine Commando: courage, determination, selflessness.”

Andrew Campbell was also deployed to Afghanistan with Mr Henderson.

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He said, “Jim had the heart of a warrior, the soul of a humanist.

“It was in his nature to help people who couldn’t help themselves.”

Daniel Christopher Birks, who trained Mr Henderson in 2010 and led the troops he was assigned to in Afghanistan, said: “He was such a tower of strength, a bit like the model recruit.”

Mr. Henderson’s role as security advisor for the World Central Kitchen was to ensure that an aid convoy traveling through Gaza followed security procedures and stayed on the correct route.

The former Royal Marine was in Gaza for just over a week.

Three men in green berets paying tribute

The family invited members of the public and military veterans to follow the funeral procession route [BBC]

Mr Henderson’s brother Dan said: “I don’t really think we knew the breadth of Jim’s friends and people he had real connections with until something like this happens… It makes us very proud.”

The family asked those wishing to pay their respects to walk along the route and join them at the cathedral.

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Bishop Hugh Nelson, who is leading the service, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along and be part of that farewell, prayer and celebration of a life well lived.”

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