Four Repatriated Through Oxfordshire

24 November 2011, 16:33 | Updated: 24 November 2011, 16:43

Hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects as the bodies of four soldiers killed in three separate blasts in Afghanistan were brought back to the UK.

Lieutenant David Boyce, 25, Lance Corporals Richard Scanlon, 31, and Peter Eustace, 25, and Private Thomas Lake, 29, were all killed by explosions in Helmand Province earlier this month.

L/Cpl Eustace, of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, died on November 16, Lt Boyce and L/Cpl Scanlon, both of the 1st The Queen's Dragoons Guards, died the following day of injuries and Pte Lake, of the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) died on November 20.

The bodies of the four servicemen were flown to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, this afternoon.

A private ceremony was held for the mens' families at a purpose-built repatriation centre on the airbase before the cortege slowly made its way through the village of Carterton and onwards to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.