Military funeral for tragic David

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A full military funeral will be held in Eastbourne for David Martin who was killed in a 1,000 metre cliff fall in the Italian Alps earlier this month.

It will take place at St Mary the Virgin Parish Church in Church Street, Willingdon, at 1pm on Friday September 20 and his family say it is a great honour to their son who they described as much loved, loyal and generous.

The off duty died in a fall while climbing in the Italian Alps.

The 30-year-old former Willingdon School pupil, who was a Lieutenant in the Royal logistic Corps attached to the Royal Marines, is believed to have slipped and fallen over a cliff on Mont Blanc as he started a descent.

David’s parents Rowena and Bernard said, “We were and are very proud indeed of our dearly loved and loving son David who was taken from us by a tragic accident on Mont Blanc.”

“He cared deeply for his family and friends and was loved by many for his generosity, loyalty and spirit of adventure.

“David lived life to the full every moment, whether socialising with friends, engaging in some new adventure, testing himself to his limits and beyond, or raising funds for charity by taking part in a triathlon, climbing Kilimanjaro, or organising a pub crawl of Santas.

“He wanted to enter the London Marathon and to swim the Channel and had many other ambitions which will sadly not now be realised.

“He was deeply committed to his career as a lieutenant in the Royal Logistics Corps attached to the Royal Marines and was proud of his green Commando beret.

“Whatever he attempted he would never give up and would always compete to the very best of his ability.”

Donations in David’s memory can be made to Help for Heroes at