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Tributes at Carterton

A town fell silent today as the bodies of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan were returned home.

Repatriation ceremony

Crowds turn out to pay their respects

The coffins of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been carried from a plane at Brize Norton in a ceremony a short time ago.

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The bodies of British servicemen repatriated to UK

The bodies of five service personnel who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been repatriated to the UK.

The bodies have been repatriated. Credit: ITV News

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, all of the Army Air Corps (AAC), were serving as the Lynx aircraft's three-man team when they died.

The coffins were transferred to hearses. Credit: ITV News

They died together with Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps, who were believed to have been passengers on the flight.

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Servicemen killed in Afghan helicopter repatriated

The bodies of five British servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan will be repatriated to the UK today.

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, all of the Army Air Corps (AAC), were serving as the aircraft's three-man team when they died.

They lost their lives together with Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps, who were believed to have been passengers on the flight

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has denied claims by the Taliban that insurgents shot the helicopter down, with initial investigations indicating a "tragic accident" rather than enemy action as the cause of the crash.

Repatriation for Hampshire servicemen

Poppies have been left at RAF Brize Norton's base in Oxford Credit: ITV Meridian

The bodies of five Hampshire servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan will be repatriated in Oxford today.

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, from Army Air Corps, were serving as the Lynx aircraft's three-man team when they died.

A private ceremony at RAF Brize Norton will remember the men who lost their lives went a helicopter went down in Afghanistan.

The cortege will then pass the Memorial Garden in Carterton before heading to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The servicemen will be flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before a private ceremony Credit: ITV Meridian

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Diaries 'allow us to hear voices of WW1 soldiers'

The publication of thousands of diaries from servicemen who fought in the First World War will enable their voices to heard, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said.

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Speaking ahead of the publication of the extracts today, she said:

The National Archives' digitised First World War unit diaries will allow us to hear the voices of those that sacrificed their lives and is even more poignant now there are no living veterans who can speak directly about the events of the war.

This new online vehicle gives a very public voice to some of these soldiers, through which we will be able to hear their thoughts and feelings.

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First World War diaries 'to humanise' historical battle

The online publication of thousands of pages of diary entries from the First World War will allow "allows people across the world to discover daily activities, stories and battles of each unit for themselves", author and military records specialist William Spencer said.

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The dairies are the most popular records held from the National Archives First World War collection. Credit: Press Association

The diaries are the most popular records from The National Archives' First World War collection and are being digitised as part of the organisation's centenary programme.

Mr Spencer said he hopes the publication of the diaries will enable people to learn more about the First World War, and shed some light on the thoughts and feelings of the men who fought it. He said:

"It's interesting because it's humanising it. War is a de-humanising thing."

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First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

Hundreds of thousands of pages of diaries from units from the First World War have been digitised and will be available to read online today.

The National Archives is publishing the first batch of unit diaries from France and Flanders as part of the organisations centenary programme.

Around 300,000 pages of First World War unit Credit: Press Association

The organisation is hoping that "citizen historians" will read the diaries to unearth new discoveries about life at war.

Soldiers mark return to the UK

After a six month deployment to Afghanistan 350 Soldiers from 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment marked their return to the UK with an Operational Medal Parade in Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

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Soldiers presented with service medals in Malmesbury

9 TLR formed part of the Theatre Logistics Group responsible for providing the deployed British troops with ammunition, body armour, vehicles, weapons, fuel, rations, medical supplies and water.

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Soldiers presented with service medals in Malmesbury Credit: MOD

Personnel were presented with operational service medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton and the Mayor of Malmesbury, Mr John Grundy. After the parade the soldiers then marched to Malmesbury Abbey for a church service.

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