The family of a young soldier from the Newtown area has revealed details of his funeral.

Joshua Ainsworth, a 20-year-old soldier, lost his life in the collision close to the military base at which he was posted near Barnstaple during the early hours of Sunday, November 19.

His family has now announced details of his funeral, which will take place next week, for anyone hoping to pay their respects.

The funeral service will be held at All Saints Church in Newtown at midday on Thursday, December 14, followed by a burial service at Pentre Chapel, Mochdre. The service and burial will be live streamed for anyone who cannot attend.


People are asked to use Back Lane car park, Newtown, to avoid traffic congestion around the church.

The family have asked for no flowers, but any donations are made to N-Able Newtown Powys, and The Royal Engineers Association.

A road closure will be in place between Stepaside and the Pentre turning on the A483 from 8am and 4pm to avoid any incidents as there will be a lot of one-way traffic leading up to the burial site in Mochdre on a single-track road.

Mayor of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Cllr John Byrne paid tribute to the soldier, saying that the town can be proud of his service to others.

"It is with great sadness that we learn this week of the death of Newtown serviceman Joshua Ainsworth in a vehicle accident close to his military posting near Barnstaple.

"It was only a few days ago that Joshua joined this community in our Remembrance Sunday parade, which reminds us that we can be proud of his selflessness in the service of others.

"Your town council has worked closely with his family through their leadership of the Army Cadets at recent town events and on behalf of the community we feel for them, and support them, in their loss."