The father of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan has paid an emotional tribute to his son, who died in a helicopter crash in Birmingham last month.
Speaking ahead of today's funeral in Leicester, Kishor Chauhan described Rakesh as a great advisor to him, and that he'd do anything to have his son back.
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.
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, 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.
A student from Keele University is to be awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross as recognition for his bravery and attempts to break down cultural barriers in Afghanistan.
Captain Owen Davies says it is a 'massive honour' to be given the award.