UK soldiers repatriated

The bodies of three British servicemen killed in Afghanistan, including two shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier, have been repatriated.

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Repatriation of Lance Corporal Michael Foley

Repatriation of Lance Corporal Michael Foley of the Adjutant General's Corps at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

The body of 25-year-old Lance Corporal Michael Foley, of the Adjutant General's Corps, has arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

He was killed whilst guarding the front gate of the UK headquarters in Helmand Province on Monday.

He leaves behind his wife Sophie and their three sons Calum, Warren and Jake. His family said:

"Michael passed away while on operational duty in Afghanistan where he was very proud to be serving his country in support of our combined forces in this theatre of operations."

"He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and everyone privileged to serve with him both on his last tour and during his military career."

Repatriation of Lance Corporal Michael Foley of the Adjutant General's Corps at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

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Repatriation of Captain Rupert William Bowers

Repatriation of Captain Rupert William Michael Bowers of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/Crown

The body of Captain Rupert Bowers, 24, of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment has arrived at the RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

He was killed in a roadside bomb blast on March 21st.

He leaves behind his wife Victoria, and their newborn son Hugo. His family said:

"Rupert was a kind, caring and thoughtful man who was selfless in his actions as a brave courageous soldier."

"He was a devoted husband, son and father who leaves a wife that is proud to have known him and a sister and parents whose grief is immeasurable."

Repatriation of Captain Rupert William Michael Bowers of the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/Crown

Repatriation of Royal Marine Sergeant Luke Taylor

The Repatriation of Royal Marine Sergeant Luke Taylor at RAF Brize Norton Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/Crown

The body of Sergeant Luke Taylor, 33, of the Royal Marines has arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Sergeant Taylor was killed on Monday at the entrance to the UK headquarters in Helmand Province along with Lance Corporal Michael Foley, 25.

He leaves behind his wife Nicola and their son Roan.

It is understood that Sgt Taylor worked in intelligence and had arrived in Afghanistan only four weeks before his death.

He has been described by colleagues as "a natural leader with inspirational flair who was devoted to his family"

The Repatriation of Royal Marine Sergeant Luke Taylor at RAF Brize Norton Credit: Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD/Crown

Three UK soldiers to be repatriated

The repatriation of three British servicemen killed in Afghanistan, including two shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier, will take place at Brize Norton today.

Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley were killed by a rogue Afghan soldier Credit: MoD

Sergeant Luke Taylor, 33, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, 25, of the Adjutant General's Corps, were killed at the entrance to the UK headquarters in Helmand Province on Monday.

Captain Rupert Bowers was killed in a roadside bomb blast Credit: MoD

Captain Rupert Bowers, 24, of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was killed just five days before in a roadside bomb blast on March 21.

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Soldiers were killed at entrance to Helmand base

The shooting of Sergeant Luke Taylor, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, of the Adjutant General's Corps, was the latest in a string of "green on blue" attacks in which members of the Afghan security forces have opened fire on international allies.

An Afghan soldier killed the British men at the main entrance to the base in Helmand's capital before being shot dead himself.

'Michael died protecting his comrades'

Lance Corporal Foley died protecting his comrades - his final gift of service to the Army and his country, and the ultimate sacrifice by a young commander who epitomised selfless service and dedication throughout his Army career. Since his arrival in the Headquarters the year before deployment, Lance Corporal Foley's infectious enthusiasm, absolute dedication and boundless energy shone through.

– Major BJ Cattermole, Scots Dragoon Guards, Chief of Staff, Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade.

Michael leaves behind his wife, Sophie, and three young children, Calum, Warren and Jake; as well as parents, Craig and Debbie, sister, Lisa and brother, Jordan.

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