COUNTY NEWS: Hundreds attend funeral of Sussex soldier

“It was a fitting tribute to a brave soldier, loyal friend and loving family member.”

That is how the Very Rev Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester, described the funeral of Danny Johnston, which took place at Chichester Cathedral yesterday afternoon.

The gun salute at Danny Johnston's funeral

The gun salute at Danny Johnston's funeral

“The cathedral was very full which is an absolute testament to Danny,” he added.

The moving celebration of his life saw The Last Post played and a gun salute, before a private burial took place. A party in his memory then followed at Legends, Bognor.

A member of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, also known as the Tigers, who served with Danny, smiled when he was asked what his friend would have thought of the scale of the cathedral event.

“He would have enjoyed the part which comes later,” he said.

Danny’s body was found in Stoughton Down, Chichester, last month after he went missing from his family home in Bognor the week before.

His death has prompted calls for more to be done to help soldiers’ mental health.

If you would like to pay your tributes to Danny, please email news@bognor.co.uk