The heartbroken family of a Fylde soldier killed in Afghanistan joined hundreds of mourners who lined the streets as he was repatriated to the UK along with two comrades.
Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton, 21, from Poulton, was serving in The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment, when the armoured Mastiff vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province.
The former Collegiate High School pupil was killed on April 30 alongside Cpl William Savage, 30, from the same battalion, and Pte Robert Murray Hetherington, 25, from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment.
The plane carrying the men landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at 1.30pm yesterday.
A private service was then held at the military air base for the men and their families.
Around 200 people gathered to pay their respects near the base in Carterton, as a convoy of hearses bearing the soldiers’ Union flag draped coffins drove past.
A bell tolled mournfully as the cortege passed a memorial garden where the hearses paused and as they came to a halt, relatives of the tragic comrades placed dozens of red, white and blue flowers on top of the vehicles.
A party of Royal British Legion standard bearers also paid tribute to the soldiers’ sacrifice, lowering their standards as the hearses passed.
Fusilier Flint-Broughton’s family previously said in a statement: “Everyone should know that Sam loved his job and made his whole family and everyone that knew him very proud.”
LEAVE YOUR TRIBUTES FOR FUSILIER SAM FLINT-BROUGHTON BELOW.