Body of Marine Returned Home

The body of Corporal David O' Connor's body will be returned to RAF Brize Norton today. Corporal O' Connor was based at Norton Manor camp near Taunton.

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Body of Marine returned home

The body of Corporal David O' Connor's body will be returned to RAF Brize Norton today.

Corporal O' Connor was based at Norton Manor camp near Taunton. His cortege will pass the Repatriation memorial garden.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Taunton Deane will among the dignitaries attending the repatriation.

Marine death not 'friendly fire'

An initial review into the deaths of a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has revealed it was not caused by "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence has said.

27 year-old Corporal David O'Connor was serving with 40 Commando, based in Taunton.

He was killed while on patrol in Helmand Province on Wednesday.

Corporal Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment was also killed. Both were deployed to Afghanistan last month to help train Afghan National Security Forces.

An Afghan man, who is believed to have been a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police also died during the incident, an MOD spokesperson confirmed.

He added that the deaths were not the result of a "friendly fire" incident but that investigations into who was responsible could take some time.

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Marine killed in Afghanistan named as Corporal David O'Connor

Corporal O'Connor (above left) and Corporal Day (right) died whilst on patrol Credit: MOD

A Royal Marine from Taunton's 40 Commando who was killed in Afghanistan has tonight been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Corporal David O'Connor was fatally injured alongside his colleague, patrol medic Corporal Channing Day while on patrol in Helmand Province.

The 27 year old had been in Afghanistan for less than a month. His commanding officer said he was loved and respected by those around him and was relentless in the pursuit of excellence in his duties. His loss will also be felt in the Taunton community.

ISAF spokesman says: This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan

A spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, has given this statement regarding the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan today:

I am extremely sorry to announce the deaths of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando and a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment serving with Task Force Helmand.

This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan. Our sincere condolences go to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of grief.

– MAJOR LAURENCE ROCHE, SPOKESMAN FOR TASK FORCE HELMAND

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Taunton-based Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan

40 Commando Royal Marines are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

A Royal Marine and a woman soldier have died from injuries received while on patrol in Afghanistan.

The Royal Marine, from 40 Commando who are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, and the soldier, from 3 Medical Regiment, were on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province when they were killed on Tuesday.

Their families have been informed.

The soldier is said to be a 25-year-old woman from Northern Ireland.

The pair are thought to have been killed by insurgents, although a source has said it understood the Taliban had issued a statement in Afghanistan suggesting the incident was a 'green on blue attack' - where coalition troops are killed by their Afghan allies.

Their deaths take the total number of UK service members to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 435.

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