Soldier from Midlands to be repatriated

Lance Corporal James Ashworth Credit: MoD

A soldier from the Midlands who was killed in Afghanistan will be repatriated today.

23-year-old Lance Corporal James Ashworth from Kettering died as a result of enemy action while on patrol with the Reconnaissance Platoon of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province earlier this month.

He'll be repatriated at a private ceremony at RAF Brize Norton this afternoon.

Following the ceremony the cortege will make its way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, via the Memorial Garden.

The family of Lance Corporal Ashworth have paid tribute to him:

More tributes can be found on the MoD website.