Mourners lined the streets of Carterton, Oxfordshire, as the body of Sapper Adam Moralee, from Newcastle, was brought back to the UK.
Sapper Adam Moralee, 23, was a committed Newcastle United fan and a loving son, who was due to be married.
Some 118 members of the British Armed Forces are included in the latest Operational Honours list.
More than one hundred soldiers have safely returned to their base in North Yorkshire following a six month tour of Afghanistan.
Troops from the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery arrived at Alanbrooke Barracks where they were greeted by loved ones.
Two men who battled insurgents as Prince Harry and his fellow troops came under attack at Camp Bastion are among 118 military personnel being honoured today.
Other heroes include a medic on her first tour of duty who treated an injured serviceman as Taliban bullets whistled overhead.
ITV News Correspondent Martha Fairlie met some of them:
More than 100 members of the armed forces are to be awarded military honours.
Praising the recipients of the honours, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "In a changing world the bravery and commitment to duty of our servicemen and women remains unswerving.
"Whether fighting for our security on operations abroad or rescuing mountaineers and sailors within the British Isles, they deserve our gratitude and respect.
"I hope that the awards announced today go some way to underlining how much this country values the efforts and sacrifices of our Armed Forces."
A doctor from the region leaves today to run the army hospital at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
Colonel Ben Banerjee is a surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital but is also a member of the Territorial Army.
Civilians provide additional cover to the armed forces during times of conflict and Sunderland Royal has allowed four of its surgeons on tours of duty - a large commitment from one hospital.
You can watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.
Sunderland Royal Hospital has four staff surgeons who are also reservists for the armed forces. With the backing of the hospital they have taken part in nine tours of duty to places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Consultant surgeon, Colonel Ben Banerjee, leaves today to become Medical Director at Camp Bastion. For a three month tour of duty he'll be in charge of all trauma care for Helmand Province, dealing with hundreds of injured soldiers and civilians.
– Sunderland Royal Hospital
We are very proud of the contribution made by our staff on overseas postings – both staff who operate as military reservists, and those who carry out similar civilian projects in a variety of countries with organisations like VSO.
"They take out skills and commitment to medical teams working in the most challenging of environments and bring back to the trust vast experience which can be used for the benefit of our patients.
"The exchange is invaluable in helping us maintain world-class levels of healthcare."
A surgeon from Sunderland leaves today to run the hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. As well as working at Sunderland Royal Hospital Colonel Ben Banerjee is a member of the Territorial Army. This is his fourth tour of duty and he'll be in charge of all trauma care in Helmand Province.
He's one of four surgeon's from Sunderland who are members of the reserve forces. The Hospital has allowed them to take part in nine tours of duty.
Soldiers based in our region have returned home after a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Troops from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, part of 4 Mechanized Brigade, arrived back at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire today.
The service-men and women helped handover control from British forces to the Afghan national police.
Watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.
Soldiers from the North East have made an emotional return home after a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Troops from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, part of 4 Mechanized Brigade, arrive back at base in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire today.
The service-men and women have been helping with handover of control from British forces to the Afghan national police.