So here I was thinking today that my life sort of sucks lately: my favorite local deli’s sandwich counter was recently shut down by the health department, my fridge sounds like a Panzer tank rolling through Poland in 1939, and my shower scalds the hell out of me each time one of my neighbors flushes their toilet. So reading the story of a British soldier who wore a dress and leg warmers to the funeral of his recently killed in combat best friend to honor a pact, really helped to put life in perspective a bit.

Reports the Times Online:

Private Kevin Elliott and his friend, Barry Delaney, had agreed that whoever survived the other should wear a dress to the dead man’s funeral. Mr Delaney duly fulfilled the pledge as a tribute to Private Elliott, who was killed aged 24 while on foot patrol in the southern province of Helmand on August 31.

Mr Delaney wept on his knees at the graveside in Dundee as shots were fired during the military funeral. His dress plans are believed to have been known about in advance by other mourners.

Private Elliott is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.