Tributes paid to Antrim-born soldier killed in Britain

Monday 10 March 2014 17.43
Corporal Geoffrey McNeill served in the Royal Irish Regiment
Corporal Geoffrey McNeill served in the Royal Irish Regiment

The family of an Antrim-born soldier who was killed at an army barracks in Britain has said he served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication.

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

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

Detectives said the man in custody at Shrewsbury police station is based at the site near Market Drayton.

Speaking on behalf of the family, one of the victim's three brothers, Jason McNeill, 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. 

"He was a much loved son, brother, uncle and friend and touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

"The family would like to give thanks for the continued support of the army, police and all who knew and loved Geoff. Our love for him remains as strong as ever. Rest in peace soldier. Faugh-a-Ballagh."