Soldiers' bodies come home

The plane carrying the bodies of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan a fortnight ago has landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The servicemen were on patrol in Helmand province when a bomb under their Warrior vehicle exploded.

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  1. Paul Davies: ITV News Senior Correspondent

Carterton ready for biggest repatriation since Wootton Bassett

The transport plane has now landed at RAF Brize Norton. The families are waiting a couple of minutes down the road at the repatriation centre.It is a brand new facility and it includes a runway that allows the plane to end its journey from Afghanistan right outside the centre.

From there the coffins of the six soldiers will be carried down gently into the centre. It is a complex that has sufficient small chapels of rest for each family to be able to spend time alone with their loved ones.

The RAF plane lands at Brize Norton with the bodies of the six soldiers killed in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

They can spend as long as they want there but at some stage a decision will be made and a cortege of six hearses will roll from the base down the road and through Carterton. This is the largest repatriation that Carterton has seen since it took over the job from Wootton Bassett.

Although it is relatively quiet now, there are some comrades and some relatives here, by late afternoon a very large crowd would have gathered. People in this town will want to pay tribute to the forces and, in some ways more importantly, support the families.



  1. Lewis Vaughan Jones, ITV News Reporter

Friends pay tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan

It was an early start for those leaving Huddersfield this morning. Friends of Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton and Private Daniel Wilford are making their way to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, was "loved by so many" and was a man who "made his mark" Credit: MOD

Friends have been sharing their memories of those they have lost. Jake Hartley was a man who clearly made his mark. He excelled in the Army and, more importantly, his friends say he was loved by so many. He was the type of person who people like instantly, friends say.

Private Daniel Wilford, 21, was described as a man "full of heart" Credit: MOD

Daniel Wilford is called 'Wilf' by his mates. He may have been quiet on first meeting but friends say he was the kind of guy who loved a night out. Underneath the soldier was a caring man, full of heart.

Fight continues after Afghanistan deaths

Soldiers from 3 Yorks have been praised for their fight against insurgents in Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment - which lost five men in the deadliest attack on UK forces in Afghanistan - have been praised for their dedication in carrying on the fight against insurgents.

As the bodies of six men killed in the bomb attack on a Warrior armoured vehicle were flown back to the UK, men who had fought alongside them carried on with frontline duties.

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Bradbury, the commanding officer of 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, said: "Despite the losses the regiment has suffered, it comes as no surprise to me that 3 Yorks continue to conduct themselves with professionalism on operations.

"It is a real testament to the character of our soldiers that they are determined to carry on the mission and take the fight to insurgents."

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