Harry's colleague brought home

5 February 2010, 07:26

The body of a soldier who served alongside Prince Harry has been driven to a post-mortem in Oxford after being brought home from Afghanistan.

Corporal Liam Riley, 21, was killed by a roadside bomb near Malgir in Helmand province on Monday 1 February 2010.  His body was flown back to the UK on Friday 5 February, along with that of another soldier, Lance Corporal Graham Shaw.

Corporal Riley served alongside Harry at a military training camp in Canada in 2007.

The Prince said: "I remember Liam Riley so well from the time we spent serving together at the British Army Training Unit at Suffield in Canada. 

"He was a legend. A really special man who got us all going and heading in the right direction. It was a privilege to have worked alongside him.'"

Life-long Sheffield Wednesday fan, Cpl Riley had volunteered at short notice to serve in Afghanistan and died while trying to "extract" a member of his team.  He had only been out in Afghanistan since December.

The bodies of both Cpl Riley and L/Cpl Shaw were flown into RAF Lyneham on the morning of Friday 5 February, before being driven through the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett, and then on to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

Read more tributes to Cpl Riley and L/Cpl Shaw

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