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Marine killed in Afghanistan is repatriated to Lyneham


Cpl Harrison's father-in-law Anthony Yates has spoken of his daughter Rebecca's loss

The body of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan has been repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

Cpl Christopher Harrison, 26, from 40 Commando, based in Norton Fitzwarren in Somerset, was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province on 9 May.

His widow, Rebecca Harrison, said: "I have lost the most fantastic husband I could ever have wished for."

A special service was held on Wednesday evening at All saints Church in the village of Norton Fitzwarren.

'Community support'

Mrs Harrison speaking after the service said: "I want to say thank you to the vicar for conducting a very lovely service and for making it quite personal to Chris.

Royal Marine Corporal Christopher Harrison
A special memorial service was held for Cpl Harrison

"I also want to thank the community for being so supportive and to everyone who came to remember Chris.

"It's nice to know that people care about Chris as much as soldiers in general - especially those serving in Afghanistan."

As has become tradition, the coffin carrying the body of Cpl Harrison passed through Wootton Bassett, pausing at the war memorial as the townspeople line the streets to pay tribute.

The hearse continued its journey to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for a post-mortem examination.

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