Local Afghanistan heroes flown home

The bodies of two soldiers, one from Flintshire, one from Cheshire, are flown home from Afghanistan.

Corporal Terry Webster, 24, from Chester and 23 year old Lance Corporal Alan Cochran, from Pentre Halkyn, both of 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment, were killed in Afghanistan last week.

After being flown into RAF Lyneham on Wednesday morning, a private ceremony was held for their families, before their coffins were driven through the nearby town of Wootton Bassett.

Following his death, Corporal Webster's wife Charlotte and his children Jess and Liam said in a statement:

"Tez was passionate, loyal and determined. He enjoyed the role he had in the Mercians but he was a family man at heart.
He was a fantastic dad to Jess and Liam and he was the perfect soul mate to me."

Lance Corporal Cochran's mother Shirley Jane Cochran and family said in a statement:

"Alan was a tremendous son. He was proud to be a soldier and died doing a job he loved. We are devastated by the loss of Alan who was a loving son, grand son and brother."

Also flown home today were the bodies of Marine Anthony Hotine and Lance Bombardier Mark Chandler.