COUNTY NEWS: Hundreds attend funeral of Sussex soldier

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

Friday, 22nd June 2018, 9:27 am
Updated Friday, 22nd June 2018, 9:33 am
The gun salute at Danny Johnston's funeral
The gun salute at Danny Johnston's funeral

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 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.

The gun salute at Danny Johnston's funeral

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.

If you would like to pay your tributes to Danny, please email [email protected]