Crowds lined the streets all the way from Wootton Bassett to Oxford to pay their respects
Thousands of people lined the streets of Wootton Bassett as the bodies of eight British soldiers killed in Afghanistan were driven through.
The bodies of the soldiers, who were killed in a single 24-hour period, passed through the town in Wiltshire, which is near RAF Lyneham.
On Monday troops in Helmand province held their own memorial to the men.
The head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt said the men had not died in vain.
People applauded and some threw flowers on to the hearses as they drove past.
People threw flowers on to the hearses as they drove past
The families of the soldiers were at the RAF base to see the coffins after they landed, draped in Union flags, carried from a C17 aircraft.
A private ceremony at the chapel of rest was held at the base, before the hearses left to drive through the town.
Sir Richard said the men's families should take comfort from the fact they had lost their lives carrying out an essential mission.
"It's really important, not just for this region or Afghanistan, but it's really important for the overall security of the West and the United Kingdom. And we must get this right, we will get it right."
The Earl of Wessex also attended the repatriation ceremony.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said Prince Edward, who is the Royal Colonel of the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, wanted to pay his respects when the bodies arrived back at RAF Lyneham.
Robert Hall, BBC News, in Wootton Bassett
At the sound of the church bell, the street fell silent.
The pavements were packed six deep around me; now, as the shops emptied, every available space was occupied.
Schoolchildren in uniform, the standard bearers of the local British Legion, the crews from the town's fire station, all gazing south down the main street as the sun flashed off the windscreens of the hearses.
No bands, no bugles - just silence; then, as the cortege paused beside the war memorial, a stirring in the crowd. Some family members pushing forward to throw flowers onto the hearses; others, overcome by grief, holding tightly to each other.
Moments later, a ripple of applause spreading across the town square, surrounding the war memorial bearing the names of others lost in past conflicts.
Beside a police car at the head of the cortege, one of the escorting officers stood at the salute; as the applause faded, a middle-aged man laid one last single white rose, and the convoy moved on.
Behind me, the shops re-opened their doors; Wootton Bassett had done its duty once more.
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