Families unite in grief as fallen heroes are repatriated to UK
The tearful family of the third British servicewoman to be killed in Afghanistan stood alongside the loved ones of a Royal Marine as their bodies were repatriated to the UK yesterday.
Corporal Channing Day, who served with the 3 Medical Regiment, died alongside Corporal David O’Connor, after being injured on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province on Wednesday.
Corporal O’Connor served with 40 Commando, based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton.
Kevin Baines, who served with Corporal Day in Iraq and Germany, supported her friends as they wept at the roadside while watching the cortege of hearses approach them.
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He said afterwards that Corporal Day was a “really good girl” who could always put a smile on your face.
The bodies of Corporal Day and Corporal O’Connor were earlier flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, where the Union flag-draped coffins were carried from the plane with full military honours.
Mayor and Mayoress of Taunton, Terry and Ann Hall, travelled to pay their respects on behalf of the town.
Following private services, the two families arrived at the memorial garden in Carterton where they stood in silence along with more than 200 friends and well-wishers who fell quiet as a bell tolled.
A candlelit vigil to remember the life of Corporal O’Connor will be held tomorrow at All Saints’ Church, Norton Fitzwarren, at 7pm to pray for his family and to “hold in heart and mind” all of the locally-based 40 Commando Marines and their families.