THE funeral of Nelson soldier Lance Corporal Michael Foley will be held on Thursday.

The Burnley-born soldier, 25, died protecting his comrades when a renegade Afghan soldier tricked his way into a British base in Helmand Province, on March 26.

The former Barrowford County Primary School and Colne Primet High School pupil was a married father of three.

The popular soldier has been praised for his service.

His commanding officer Major BJ Cattermole said: “He served tirelessly, never failing to deliver the highest standards as a soldier and junior commander.

“His absolute dedication, infectious enthusiasm, and boundless energy, shone through.”

His funeral will take place at the English Martyrs RC Church, in Didcot, Oxon, at 11am.

Flowers are welcome and should be sent to the church.

Any inquiries should be directed to Richard Steel and Partners, in Winchester, on 01962 862333.