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UK soldiers' bodies repatriated

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 18 August 2009

Hundreds of people turn out in the village of Wootton Bassett to honour three soldiers killed in action on Thursday.

The bodies of three of the British soldiers killed last week were flown back to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire this morning.

Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton of 40 Regiment Royal Artillery was hit by a makeshift bomb in Helmand on Thursday.

Rifleman Daniel Wild and Captain Mark Hale - both of 2nd Batallion The Rifles - were caught in a second explosion while trying to help him.

A private ceremony was held at the base, before the cortege drove through the village of Wootton Bassett. Hundreds turned out to show their respects.

And in North Yorkshire the widow of Warrant Officer Sean Upton, who died in Helmand last month, was awarded the first Elizabeth Cross.

Karen Upton was given the new award in recognition of the loss suffered by the families of those killed while on active service.

The names of the latest British servicemen killed during the conflict were also confirmed by the Ministry of Defence as Fusilier Simon Annis, Fusilier Louis Carter and Lance Corporal James Fullarton.

All were members of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. They died after an explosion near Sangin, in Helmand province.

The two fusiliers were trying to evacuate their section commander when they were killed.

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