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Five soldiers' bodies flown to UK
Pte Jamie Kerr (left) and Pte Scott Kennedy
Pte Jamie Kerr (left) and Pte Scott Kennedy died in Basra
The bodies of five British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been flown back to the UK.

Private Scott Kennedy, 20, Private James (Jamie) Kerr, 20, and Corporal Paul Joszko, 28, were killed by a roadside bomb in Basra on 28 June.

Cpt Sean Dolan, 40, and Sergeant Dave Wilkinson, 33, were killed in fighting in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The coffins were flown to RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, for a repatriation ceremony attended by the soldiers' families.

The five bodies were then transferred into the custody of David Masters, coroner for Wiltshire.

Private Kennedy, from Oakley, Dunfermline and Private Kerr, from Cowdenbeath, both served in The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Corporal Joszko of Mountain Ash, was a member of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Regiment of Wales).

'Brave tasks'

Defence Secretary Des Browne paid tribute to the three soldiers last week and offered condolences to their families.

Capt Sean Dolan
Capt Sean Dolan was "an unsurpassed military talent"

They lost their lives "serving their country and carrying out the brave tasks that we have asked them to do", Mr Browne said.

Capt Dolan was killed on 30 June following a clash between coalition forces and the Taleban near the village of Qaleh-e-Gaz.

Capt Dolan, originally from the West Midlands was based in Chester with his wife Mitch and son Ashley. He joined the Army in 1985 and served on multiple tours, including in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Belize.

His commanding officer, Lt Col Richard Westley, said: "He was the complete man and an unsurpassed military talent."

A day later, Sgt Dave Wilkinson, of the 19 Regiment Royal Artillery, died when his vehicle was blown up after an exchange of fire.

He was from Ashford in Kent and was serving with 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at the time of the incident.

Mr Browne called Sgt Wilkinson a "particularly experienced and professional soldier".




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