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Tributes to tragic Blackpool soldier

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill

Corporal Geoffrey McNeill

A soldier from Blackpool whose body was discovered at an Army barracks “served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication”, his family has said.

The body of Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, 32, was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, Shropshire, at around 9am on Saturday.

Tests are being carried out to establish the cause of his death following an initial post-mortem examination, West Mercia Police said.

A 23-year-old soldier has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A member of Cpl McNeill’s family said the soldier, who is originally from Northern Ireland, had lived in Blackpool at various periods since the age of 15 with various different family members who reside in the town.

They said he had also attended St George’s School, in Marton.

His family today said he was a “much loved son, brother, uncle and friend” who “dedicated his life” to serving his country.

One of his three brothers, Jason McNeill, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “Geoff was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, and dedicated his life to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment.

“He served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication.”

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