AN EAST Lancashire described as a ‘Lion of England’, who was killed by insurgents in Afghanistan, is set to be buried next week with full military honours.
Thousands of mourners are expected to descend on All Saints Church, in Earby, on Friday, from 11am, as family, friends, and the community pay their last respects to Lance Corporal Jordan Bancroft, of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
The 25-year-old former West Craven High School pupil’s parents Tony and Sheila, of Kenilworth Drive, said of the service: “It is what Jordan would have wanted.”
He was shot dead while providing cover for elders and international peace-keeping troops in Sayedebad, central Helmand, almost two weeks ago.
Following the funeral there will be a private burial, at Salterforth Cemetery, for the ardent Burnley FC fan, and a reception for family and friends at the Rolls Royce Club, in Barnoldswick, later.
Friends who are unable to attend the Friday ceremony are being given the chance to light a memorial candle to Jordan, which can be left at All Saints’ between 6pm and 9pm.
In a statement, Mr and Mrs Bancroft added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their cards, gifts and kind words, which have been of comfort during this most difficult time.”
Jordan, who served with Anzio Company in the regiment’s 1st Battalion, leaves two brothers, Paul and Leighton, and a sister, Toni, and was setting up home with his girlfriend Lauren O’Hara.
Parish councillors have said they will be making arrangements to inscribe Jordan’s name on the newly-extended cenotaph for Earby in Sough Park.