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Carmarthen soldier flown home

The body of Lance Corporal Lee Davies arrived home today Photo: PA

The body of Lance Corporal Lee Davies, who was killed in Afghanistan last weekend, has been repatriated at RAF Brize Norton this afternoon.

Lance Corporal Davies, 27, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, died along with Royal Air Force airman Corporal Brent John McCarthy in Helmand Province on Saturday.

They were shot by two men dressed in Afghan police uniforms.

Lance Corporal Lee Davies was described as an 'exemplary' soldier Credit: MoD

Paying tribute to him earlier this week, his Commanding Officer described him as an 'exemplary' soldier.

"Lance Corporal Lee Davies loved being a soldier — it was who he was. He swiftly made a name for himself for his enthusiasm, fitness and professionalism as an infantry soldier and in less than two years was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. To have made such a profound impact so early in his Army career speaks volumes about the quality of the man we have lost.

– Commanding Officer Lieutenant Dino Bossi, the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Lance Corporal Davies was deployed to Afghanistan in March. He is the twenty-sixth Welsh soldier to die in the country since operations began in 2001.

After a private ceremony his coffin passed through Carterton, where people gathered to pay their respects.

Lance Corporal Davies' former school has also paid tribute to the Welsh Guard.

Lee was a pupil at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi from 1996 to 2001. We remember him as a witty and popular student who was full of life. We are all shocked by his tragic death, but we know how much he enjoyed his work and how committed he was to the Army. We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family at this sad time.

– NICOLA JAMES, YSGOL UWCHRADD ABERTEIFI

An investigation into both deaths is being conducted by the Ministry of Defence.

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