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Father of twins repatriated

Guardsman Michael Roland Photo: Ministry of Defence

The body of a soldier born in Sussex has been flown home.

Guardsman Michael Roland, from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was shot while on patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province.

The 22-year-old had been in Afghanistan for less than four weeks when he died of his injuries last Friday.

The father of twins joined the Army in 2009. He was born in Worthing, West Sussex.

His body has been flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before the cortege made its way through nearby Carterton on its way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

He was deployed to Afghanistan on April 3 where he was based at Main Operating Base Price near Gereshk in Helmand province.

He was part of the company team charged with searching compounds, and was deployed on a three-day operation on 26 April. He was killed a day later.

Lt Col James Bowder, commanding officer of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, described him as "sparky, diligent and super-fit," and said he was "a terrific soldier with a bright future".

His family said he was "a loving and caring son" who had always wanted to join the Army.

Warm applause was given by the people of Carterton for a solider repatriated this afternoon. Guardsman Michael Roland was just 22-years-old when he was killed in Afghanistan. His family paid their last respects as his cortege passed through the Oxfordshire town.