The bodies of three soldiers, including one from Lancashire, killed in Afghanistan have arrived back in the UK.
The body of a Lancashire soldier killed in Afghanistan will be flown home today.
The deaths of three soldiers, who were killed by a bomb in Afghanistan are a "hammer blow", a spokesman for their battalion has said.
The plane bringing home Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington has just landed at RAF Brize Norton.
Close family will spend time with the coffins before the cortege passes through the village of Carterton where friends and family will pay their respects as a memorial bell tolls.
Tributes have been paid to a soldier from Lancashire who was killed in Afghanistan. 21 year old Fusilier Samuel Flint, from Poleton-le-Fylde, who was serving with of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, died when his vehicle was blown up in Helmand Province.
Two others were also killed. Ben Wallace,Conservative MP for Lancaster and Wyre has paid tribute:
– Warrant Officer Class 2 Stevie Main, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Fusilier Flint was a Jock that you could always trust. He was very keen to learn, hard-working and always offered to help others. He had a can do attitude and he would never let you down. Sam Flint epitomised everything that being a Fusilier in the Royal Regiment of Scotland is all about.
Lieutenant Robin Hold, 1 Platoon Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:
Fusilier Sam Flint was one of the most genuine individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. There was not a single instance when I saw him other than when he was full of laughter and happiness. His personality was contagious, affecting all members of the Platoon. Although he had only been in 2 SCOTS for a short time, he had made a huge impact with his peers and his chain of command.
He intended to make a career in the Army and I have no doubt that his acute sense of judgement, determination and willingness to involve himself in every aspect of Army life would have ensured the greatest of successes. I speak for the whole Platoon when I say his loss will have an immeasurable impact. His ability and personality will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends who are suffering from such a tragic loss.
– Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
We have all been immensely proud to have known and worked with Fusilier Sam Flint and he will forever be in the memory of the Battalion and of the Regiment. We bid him farewell and promise to continue his work in Afghanistan and to commemorate his sacrifice. All of us in the Battalion offer our deepest condolences to Fusilier Sam Flint’s parents, brothers, sisters and wider family during this hard and tragic period, but in particular to his brother David who serves with us in the Battalion.
The family of Fusillier Samuel Flint have paid tribute to 'a cheeky chappy'.
– Family of Fusilier Samuel Flint
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.
Sam was always the life and soul of the party, a real ladies man, witty funny, the real cheeky chappy. He was a loving son, the protective brother, courageous nephew, the caring uncle, the loyal grandson that anyone would wish to have.
We want to thank everyone for the kind tributes and strong support.
“Always in our hearts and minds, we love you Sam.”
Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to 21 year old Fusilier Samuel Flint from Poulton le Fylde. He has been described as a loving son, protective brother, courageous nephew and grandson.