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Bodies of UK soldiers return home
Corporal Ben Leaning and Trooper Kristen Turton
Cpl Ben Leaning and Tpr Kristen Turton died while on patrol
The bodies of three British servicemen killed in Iraq have been flown back to the UK.

Cpl Ben Leaning, 24, and Tpr Kristen Turton, 28, were killed on 19 April in an explosion in Maysan province.

Kingsman Alan Joseph Jones, 20, was providing protection for a Warrior armoured vehicle when he was killed by small arms fire in Basra on 23 April.

Grieving loved ones took part in a repatriation ceremony on the runway at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

The coffins, each one draped in a union flag, were taken from the rear of a plane by slow-marching pall bearers into waiting hearses.

The bodies will be transferred into the custody of Wiltshire coroner, David Masters.

From this month, all bodies are being returned to RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, instead of Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, with hearings held in Wiltshire or the deceased's home town.

Cpl Leaning and Tpr Turton, both from the Catterick-based Queen's Royal Lancers, were patrolling in a Scimitar tank when the blast happened.

Cpl Leaning, from Scunthorpe, was described as a "fine soldier and a natural leader".

Kingsman Alan Jones
Kingsman Jones was an Everton fan and keen footballer

He joined the Army in 1999 and served in Oman and Kosovo as well as Iraq in 2003, progressing quickly through the ranks and becoming a crew commander and signals instructor before going to Iraq last autumn.

Tpr Turton, from Grimsby, joined The Queen's Royal Lancers in 2003 and became a trained sharp-shooter and specialised in demolitions.

His wife Sharon, whom he married in 2004, described him as the "most amazing person" she had ever met.

Kingsman Jones, from the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed while out on patrol in the al-Ashar district of central Basra.

The gunner, from Liverpool, was described as "cheerful and likeable".

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Kenyon, said he would be remembered as a "professional soldier who was loyal to his regiment and his friends".

The decision to change the venue of inquests into deaths of UK troops in Afghanistan and Iraq prompted concerns the Wiltshire coroner could be overwhelmed unless extra resources were made available.

On Thursday, the Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, told the Commons resources would have to be "constantly monitored".

"The resources have to match the demand," he said.




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