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Soldiers' bodies returned to UK

Rifleman James Brown and L/Cpl David Kirkness
Rifleman James Brown and L/Cpl David Kirkness died on Tuesday

The bodies of three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been brought back to the UK.

L/Cpl David Kirkness, 24, of West Yorkshire and Rifleman James Brown, 18, from Kent, died trying to stop suicide bombers in Helmand last Tuesday.

Cpl Simon Hornby, 29, of Halewood, Merseyside, was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol on Saturday.

The soldiers' bodies were flown into RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire earlier on Tuesday.

After a private ceremony for their families, the funeral cortege passed along the high street of the nearby town of Wootton Bassett.

Memorial service

L/Cpl Kirkness, who was born in Wakefield but grew up in Morley, Leeds, was killed alongside Rifleman Brown, both of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, while manning a vehicle checkpoint on the road into Sangin.

Cpl Simon Hornby
Cpl Simon Hornby was a "passionate" Liverpool FC fan

Two suicide bombers on a motorbike drove into the checkpoint and detonated their devices, killing the British servicemen and two Afghan soldiers working with them.

The Ministry of Defence said it was thought the bombers were trying to get into a market to launch an attack.

Cpl Simon Hornby, from 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was wounded while on foot patrol in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand, and died later that day.

The repatriation coincided with a remembrance service being held for L/Cpl Kirkness at the war memorial in Scatcherd Park in Morley.


Family and friends add floral tributes as the hearses pass

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