Hundreds turn out as body of highest-ranking officer to die in Afghanistan returns home with his teenage comrade

And all for a lie. How sad.

Hundreds of people today turned out to pay their respects to two soldiers killed in Afghanistan – including the highest ranking Army officer to be killed since the Falklands War – as their bodies were returned to British soil.

Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, 39, the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed in a blast which hit his Viking armoured vehicle near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

Trooper Joshua Hammond, 18, of 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, also died in the explosion.

Memorial procession: The coffins of Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe and Trooper Josh Hammond are driven past mourners in Wootton Bassett

Memorial procession: The coffins of Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe and Trooper Josh Hammond are driven past mourners in Wootton Bassett after their bodies were repatriated today.

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