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Afghanistan deaths: Bodies of two UK soldiers repatriated

  • 23 June 2011
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Pte Gareth Bellingham and Craftsman Andrew Found
The bodies of Pte Gareth Bellingham and Craftsman Andrew Found were flown into RAF Lyneham

The bodies of two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been flown back to the UK.

Father of two, Craftsman Andrew Found, from Whitby, North Yorkshire, died in an explosion in the Gereshk Valley on 16 June.

Pte Gareth Bellingham, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, died while on patrol in the southern Nahr-e Saraj district on 18 June.

The soldiers' bodies were repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

'Natural affinity'

Craftsman Found, 27, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, been trying to rescue a vehicle which had been hit by another blast.

In a tribute released shortly after his death, his wife, Samantha, said he was "the best husband anyone could have wished for".

The couple had a son, Jaxson, and Craftsman Found had another son, Michael, from a previous relationship.

A tribute was paid to Pte Bellingham, 22, from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, by his commanding officer.

Lt Col Giles Woodhouse, said Pte Bellingham had a "genuine affinity" with his Afghan National Army partners, who battled to save him.

His parents Leslie and Suzanne said he had died doing the job he loved.

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