The body of a Lancashire soldier killed in Afghanistan will be flown home today.
Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21 from Poulton-le-Fylde died when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb last week. Two other soldiers were killed and six more injured.
The Manchester City fan joined the Army in November 2011 and was on his first overseas deployment at the time. He was serving with The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland.
Cpl William Savage, of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and Pte Robert Hetherington, of the 51st Highland, 7th Battalion, a Territorial Army member, also died in the explosion in Helmand.
Fusilier Flint's family said: "The whole family is completely devastated. Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud."
Continue reading the main storyThe Ministry of Defence described him as "hugely enthusiastic and motivated" and "an extremely fit soldier who, although quiet, was full of humour and popular with his peers".
Following a private ceremony at RAF Brize Norton tomorrow afternoon the cortege will make its way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, via the Memorial Garden.