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Serjeant Jon Greenwood was in charge as they climbed a hill to put a gun on the top with Rflmn Turner, nicknamed Turtle, and Lance Corp Tom Soldanha, carrying out a fingertip search of the booby-trapped bloody battleground to make the path safe for their platoon.
Rflmn Turner, from Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, had become an expert in using a device to detect buried IEDs since serving in Afghanistan after joining the Army at 17.
Rflmn Turner had already discovered one IED and Sjt Greenwood said: "Turtle is a fantastic person, second-to-none in his job in all aspects.
He got back to his original position and saw Rflmn Turner with "catastrophic" injuries and knew there was nothing they could do.
L Cpl Soldanha, a civilian with the TA, was slightly injured and saw a medic trying to reach Rflmn Turner.
Rflmn Turner's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, said during the service: "Rifleman Turner died doing a job that he loved and for which he had a prolific talent.
Rflmn Turner, of Sheriff Hill, was 21 when he died, leaving behind a fiancee, a brother and three sisters.
Rflmn Turner's funeral came on the same day as that of Fusilier Jonathan Burgess, 20, who died in a gun battle in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand Province on April 7.
Rflmn Turner was also well-known around Gateshead and since his death the town has united in support of his family.
While the Turners support our soldiers, they are quick to criticise the war in Afghanistan and believe Rflmn Turner was not given enough training for such a dangerous job.
At his funeral, Rflmn Turner's platoon commander Lieutenant Will Melia told the hundreds of mourners: "He could always be relied upon to brighten spirits and improve morale with his Geordie humour and cheeky smile.