Dorset

Body of Royal Marine James Wright repatriated

  • 11 August 2011
  • From the section Dorset
Marine James Wright
The funeral cortege passed through Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire

The body of a Royal Marine who was killed by a grenade in Afghanistan has been repatriated to the UK.

Marine James Wright is the fifth member of 42 Commando Royal Marines to be killed in action in Afghanistan.

The cortege transporting the 22-year-old's body passed through Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire this afternoon.

Marine Wright, who was from Weymouth in Dorset, had been expecting his first child with his partner Shelley.

The MoD said he had died in Camp Bastion after he was attacked at a checkpoint following a foot patrol in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province.

'Touched lives'

Marine Wright's family paid tribute to him, saying he had "touched the lives of everyone who knew him".

His patrol had been under fire from insurgents for several hours on 5 August when they managed to return to their base at a checkpoint, which then came under attack.

He was wounded by the grenade and died of his wounds despite receiving medical treatment.

Marine Wright joined the service in November 2009, took part in navy ski championships in France, scaled Ben Nevis and had a passion for motocross.

His death took the total number of UK military deaths in Afghanistan since operations started in 2001 to 378.

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