WOOTTON BASSETT was united in mourning with family and friends of the two Yorkshire soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
The bodies of Corporal Liam Riley from Killamarsh, Sheffield, and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, from Golcar, arrived at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire before passing through nearby Wootton Bassett.
Residents, shopkeepers and ex-servicemen followed recent tradition by lining the high street to pay their respects in a moment’s silence as the soldiers’ Union flag-draped coffins were driven through the town.
Cpl Riley’s aunt, Angela Stephens, said: “He was a wonderful lad, very honest, trustworthy and would do anything for anybody. From being a child, he always had a sword and a gun. His ambition was to be a soldier when he grew up and he has fulfilled that ambition.”
Prince Harry has paid tribute to Cpl Riley, 21, with whom he served at a military training unit in Canada in 2007, describing him as a “legend.”