Comber soldier Channing Day honoured at forces service

Channing Day's parents Rosmary and Leslie lay flowers at the new war memorial.
Channing Day's parents Rosmary and Leslie lay flowers at the new war memorial.

The family of Corporal Channing Day have attended the unveiling of a new memorial commemorating members of the armed forces killed since World War Two.

Hundreds of people turned out for the special service in the town square of Comber, Co Down, Cpl Day’s hometown.

The 25-year-old was killed while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2012.

Cpl Day’s name was engraved on the memorial, which was commissioned by Ards Borough Council.

She joined the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan less than a month before she became the UK’s third female soldier to be killed there since 2001.

She and Cpl David O’Connor were shot dead by an off-duty Afghan policeman.

Members of the council were joined for the ceremony by representatives of the armed forces, including those who served with Cpl Day and local representatives of the Royal British Legion.

Mayor of Ards, Stephen McIlveen, who unveiled the memorial said: “Channing Day’s parents [Leslie and Rosemary] were there and her other family. It was a full civic ceremony and a lovely event.

“I was speaking to Cpl Day’s parents at the end of the event.

“When I spoke to them they were happy this had been done and they appreciated it.

“But I think they were emotional during the event.”

The DUP councillor said Cpl Day’s name has now been added to “a memorial to those from Comber and district who lost their lives in Her Majesty’s forces since World War Two”.

“We have the First World War and the roll of honour on the pillars entering the square and a memorial to UDR and the RUC.”