Funeral for air­man killed by taxi at Cyprus air­base

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY BEN HENDRY

Funeral ar­range­ments have been made for a Mo­ray air­man who died while serv­ing abroad.

RAF Lossiemouth ser­vice­man Steven Wain­wright, 29, lived in El­gin with his wife and two young boys and was on de­ploy­ment in Cyprus when he was killed at the start of the month.

Yes­ter­day, it emerged that Cpl Wain­wright died from a head in­jury the day af­ter he was hit by a taxi out­side the Akrotiri air­base.

Ox­ford­shire coro­ner, Dar­ren Salter, opened an in­quest fol­low­ing his repa­tri­a­tion to RAF Brize Nor­ton last Thurs­day and con­firmed that a full in­quest would be held at a later date.

At the time of his death, col­leagues said Cpl Wain­wright was mak­ing a “key con­tri­bu­tion” in en­sur­ing Typhoon air­craft could com­plete chal­leng­ing mis­sions against IS.

The fa­ther-of-two’s heart­bro­ken fam­ily have now made ar­range­ments for Cpl Wain­wright to be buried at Lossiemouth Ceme­tery fol­low­ing a ser­vice at St Columba’s South Church in El­gin on Mon­day at 11am.

They said he was a “de­voted daddy” to three-year-old Thomas and baby Os­car, who is less than a year old.

Any do­na­tions will be given to the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund.

Orig­i­nally from Liver­pool, Cpl Wain­wright mar­ried his wife Rachel in Au­gust 2012 and sub­se­quently set­tled in her home town of El­gin. He is also sur­vived by his par­ents Wil­liam and He­len, and sis­ters Gil­lian and Hay­ley.

“They said he was a de­voted daddy to Thomas and baby Os­car”

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