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Flt/Lt Chauhan's father outlines today's funeral plans

The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was killed last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, has outlined the details of today's funeral procession through Leicestershire.

The cortege will set off from Leicester at 11:00am and first travel to Belgrave Road where 61-year-old Kishor Chauhan has a shop. Businesses are expected to close and the cortege will briefly stop, then move on to Loughborough Crematorium. A fly past will also take place after the funeral service.

Funeral of RAF officer killed in helicopter crash

The funeral of an RAF officer from Leicestershire who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month is taking place today.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Leicestershire Credit: Ministry of Defence

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, who was 29, was one of five service personnel killed in the crash in Kandahar Province.

Leicester's Golden Mile will come to a standstill as a mark of respect for the officer before the funeral service takes place.

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Colonel pays proud tribute to chopper crash victim

Speaking at the memorial service to Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, who died last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. the Corps Colonel of the Intelligence Corps Col. Jon Murray said:

"The Intelligence Corps look on him as a very proud individual, he served the battalion the reservists he served the Corps he served the British Army and he served the British community exceptionally well and clearly he will be very sadly missed by all of us."

Pictures from memorial service for Herefordshire soldier

A memorial service for an army intelligence officer from Herefordshire has begun at St Mary's Church in Kington Credit: ITV News Central
Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on April 26th Credit: ITV News Central
The 26-year-old died along with Flight Lieutenent Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, and three other servicemen Credit: ITV News Central

Memorial for army officer killed in helicopter crash

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 26 April Credit: Ministry of Defence

A memorial service is taking place for an army intelligence officer from Herefordshire who was killed last month in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Kington, died when a Lynx helicopter crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 26 April. He died along with Flight Lieutenent Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, and three other servicemen.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan also lost his life in the crash Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Thomas was cremated in a private service yesterday, but today a service will take place at St Mary's Church, Kington from 13:00.

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Lincolnshire Poachers celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

The Lincolnshire Poachers will be working in Afghanistan this Christmas Credit: MOD

The Lincolnshire Poachers will be celebrating Christmas this year while they are deployed in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

They form part of The Second Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. The regiment says for many of the soldiers it will be their first time away from home at Christmas.

Private Ross McKenzie, 22, from Lincoln said: “Our job won’t pause because it’s Christmas, but we will find time to sit down together for a Christmas meal and have a laugh with all the lads.”

Ian Fisher: soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ian Fisher died in Helmand province last month Credit: Ministry of Defence

A British soldier described as "one of the best of his generation" will be laid to rest today in Staffordshire after he was killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ian Fisher from The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) died following an explosion in Helmand province last month.

Mourners will gather at Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire to pay their respects.

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