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The teenage son of a soldier killed in Iraq has followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the same regiment.

Ethan Cornish has joined 5 Rifles 14 years after his dad died.

Corporal Matthew Cornish, 29, was killed in Basra in 2006 when he was wounded in a mortar attack on his unit’s base.

Ethan, 18, joined his dad’s unit last week and was shown a memorial to his father inside the regiment’s HQ in Bulford, Wilts.

He said: “I chose the regiment because of dad. When something happens, the infantry is called in first.

“It is nerve-racking and there is always going to be that fear. But at the same time, it’s exciting to know you’re doing everyone proud.”

Ethan, from Folkestone, Kent, joined as soon as he turned 16.

After passing a tough assessment, he got into the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorks.

Speaking at the time of her husband’s death Ethan’s mum Abby explained how she broke the news to her son, then just four.

She said: “I told him, ‘Daddy’s not coming home. He’s gone to heaven.’

“Ethan said, ‘Where’s heaven?’ I said, ‘In the sky. At night you will be able to see him. Daddy will be the brightest star in the sky’.”

The regiment said: “We have followed him (Ethan) on his journey, always in our thoughts, and we are all so proud of the man he has become.”