Killed Brit soldiers repatriated

Three British soldiers killed when the armoured vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last month have been repatriated.

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Soldiers repatriated to the UK from Afghanistan

Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington have been repatriated back to the UK from Afghanistan.

Corporal William Savage is repatriated to RAF Brize Norton. Credit: ITV Pool

The soliders were travelling in a Mastiff armoured vehicle when it hit a roadside bomb on a routine patrol in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province.

Soldiers carry the coffin of Fusilier Samuel Flint at RAF Brize Norton. Credit: ITV Pool

The family of Robert Hetherington have requested that the media do not show images of the soldier's coffin.

Read: Tributes for three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan are repatriated

by Darren Burn - ITV News Producer
Corporal William Thomas Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Murray Hetherington. Credit: MoD

The plane bringing home Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington has just landed at RAF Brize Norton.

Close family will spend time with the coffins before the cortege passes through the village of Carterton where friends and family will pay their respects as a memorial bell tolls.

Tributes to 'inspirational gentleman' repatriated today

Private Robert Murray Hetherington, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland
Private Robert Murray Hetherington, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland Credit: MoD

Tributes have been paid to Private Robert Murray Hetherington killed in an IED blast whilst on patrol in an armoured vehicle in Helmand, whose body will be repatriated today.

Robert played lacross for Scotland and was described as "a dear friend, a true gentleman and a legend who will always be remembered."

Watch: Friend pays emotion tribute to bomb attack soldier

Read: Tributes paid to Private Robert Murray Hetherington

Tributes to 'cheeky chappy' killed in Helmand

Fusilier Samuel Flint, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Fusilier Samuel Flint, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Credit: MoD

The family of Fusilier Samuel Flint whose body will be repatriated to the UK today from Afghanistan said they were completely devastated by his death. In a statement the family paid tribute to their "cheeky chappy" saying:

"Sam was always the life and soul of the party, a real ladies man, witty funny, the real cheeky chappy.

"He was a loving son, the protective brother, courageous nephew, the caring uncle, the loyal grandson that anyone would wish to have."

Read: Tributes to bomb attack soldier Fusilier Samuel Flint

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Tributes to loving family man killed in Afghanistan

Corporal William Thomas Savage, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland Credit: MoD

The wife of Corporal William Thomas Savage paid an emotional tribute to the "love of her life" ahead of his repatriation to RAF Brize Norton today. Lindsey Savage said she was incredibly proud of her husband, but devastated at the news of his death:

"I have lost the love of my life and the father of our son. I know his life will live on through so many amazing memories that we shared together."

Read: Tributes paid to Corporal William Savage

British soldiers killed in Afghan bomb repatriated

Corporal William Thomas Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Murray Hetherington
Corporal William Thomas Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Murray Hetherington Credit: MoD

The bodies of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week will be repatriated later today.

Corporal William Thomas Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint, from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and Private Robert Murray Hetherington from 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland will be flown back to the UK later today.

The were killed when their Mastiff armoured vehicle hit an IED on a routine patrol in Helmand province on April 30.

Read: Tributes to three soldiers killed in Afghanistan bomb attack