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A MEMORIAL service was being held today in remembrance of a Gosport soldier killed in the Falklands War.

Private Neil Grose was shot dead in the early hours of his 18th birthday during the Battle of Longdon.

On June 11, he and his comrades from The 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) came under heavy fire as they charged towards an Argentine gun position.

The former St Vincent school pupil was shot in the chest and died three hours later in the arms of one of his friends on the freezing hillside.

His mother Ann Townsend and other relatives will be joined by Falklands veterans and Neil’s old school friends at St Vincent College at 11.15am today where a tree will be planted in the soldier’s memory.

Ann, 72, of Fareham, said it will be an emotional day.

She said: ‘I can’t believe it’s been 30 years has since we lost Neil. There’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t think about him.’