A ROYAL Marine recruit who was killed by a car as he lay in the road has been remembered for being a “talented young man” with an “extremely bright” career ahead of him.

The funeral of Recruit Jonathan ‘Joey’ Langford, of Charlton-All-Saints, was held at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday.

He died on the A338 near Nunton on October 28 as he walked home with his twin brother after a night out in Salisbury to celebrate their birthday. It is unclear how he ended up in the road.

Jonathan started his career in the Royal Marines on February 20, undertaking the first phase of the world-renowned commando course with 239 Troop.

During week six of training, the 22-year-old sustained an injury and went to the rehabilitation facility, Hunter Company, where he had been making good progress.

Commanding officer of the Commando Training Wing, Lt Col Nick Foster, said: “Recruit Jonathan Langford was an immensely liked and talented young man who had an extremely bright career ahead of him in the Royal Marines.

“A man full of promise, he consistently demonstrated the highest professional standards and values throughout his time in Royal Marines training.

“Our thoughts are very much with Jonathan’s family at this tragic time, he will be sorely missed by all of those who were lucky enough to have known him.

“Jonathan demonstrated much potential in his chosen career. He was progressing well towards rehabilitating his injury, and had mastered the basic skills necessary to achieve success in the latter stages of training.

“A consummate professional, he was well respected by his peer group and held in high regard by his chain of command. Passionate, articulate and well mannered, he showed much promise to achieve success when passed for duty.

“A man who strived to live his life by the commando ethos, Jonathan was a cheerful, determined and sincere man. He will be sorely missed by his chain of command and peer group alike.

“Jonathan was and always will remain a valued member of the Royal Marines family.”

And the Commanding Officer of Hunter Company, Major Erik Nielsen, described Jonathan as “diligent, hardworking and professional”, and a promising recruit who had “the utmost enthusiasm for his career".

Around 900 people filled the cathedral for the funeral service.