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Respects paid to RAF airmen in funeral cortege

Flight Lieutenants Geraint Roberts and Alan Scott lost their lives in Kabul, Afghanistan Credit: MoD

They were described as two of the most capable and dedicated members of the air force. Today two flight lieutenants based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, were flown home.

Hundreds of people lined the streets as the bodies of Alan Scott of 33 Squadron Royal Air Force and Geraint Roberts of 230 Squadron Royal Air Force were brought through Brize Norton. Our reporter Chris Maughan was there.

The interviewees are Councillor Lynn Little, the Mayor of Carterton and Steve Blundell of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

Repatriation of soldiers to RAF Brize Norton underway

Flight Lieutenants Geraint Roberts and Alan Scott lost their lives in Afghanistan Credit: MoD

A military aircraft is carrying the bodies of Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott of 33 Squadron Royal Air Force and Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts of 23 Squadron Royal Air Force back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The two men from the base were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week.

Three others also died when the Puma Mark Two attempted to land in Kabul.

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Repatriation service in Carterton

The people of Carterton will stand in silent tribute later today as three servicemen are repatriated to the UK.

Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman Credit: Ministry of Defence

Guildford soldier Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman of 3rd Battalion, The Rifles died after he went to the aid of colleagues whose vehicle had struck a roadside bomb. He was shot while trying to take control of the situation in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand Province.

Lance Corporal Matthew Smith Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Matthew David Smith grew up in Aldershot and was passionately involved with the 26th Engineer Regiment football team. The father of 4 was shot while trying to build a new check point in Helmand province, despite the efforts of his colleagues he sadly died of his wounds.

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake Credit: Ministry of Defence

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died when his check point was overrun by insurgents on Friday 17th August. He is the 425th British soldier to die in Afghanistan.

Memorial bell arrives

A memorial bell which will be used to signal approaching repatriation corteges in Oxfordshire has arrived in the county. It will be installed opposite the memorial garden at Carterton next month, following an appeal which raised £26,000.

It's been delivered to Whites of Appleton near Abingdon where a four metre high tower to house it is being made. The bell is 25 inches high and 31 inches wide.

Repatriation bell for Carterton

Repatriation bell Credit: ITV Meridian

A memorial bell which will be used to signal approaching repatriation corteges in Oxfordshire has arrived in the county. It will be installed opposite the memorial garden at Carterton next month and follows an appeal which raised £26,000.

It's been delivered to Abingdon where a tower to house it is being made. The bell is 25 inches high and 31 inches wide.

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Soldiers to be repatriated

Corporal Andrew Roberts and Private Ratu Silibaravi Credit: MoD

Two Oxfordshire based soldiers are due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton later today.

Corp Andrew Roberts was killed alongside Priv Ratu Silibaravi during an indirect fire attack on their base in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan, last Friday.

Both served in the 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, based in Bicester.

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