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Bodies of servicemen repatriated from Afghanistan

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Media captionThe bodies of two British soldiers have been repatriated from Afghanistan

The bodies of two servicemen killed while on patrol in Afghanistan have been flown back to the UK.

Royal Marine David Hart, of 40 Commando, and Bombardier Samuel Robinson, from 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, were killed in the Sangin district of Helmand on 8 July.

Marine Hart, 23, of York, was described by his family as a "true hero".

The commanding officer of Bombardier Robinson, 31, of Carmarthen, said he was a "courageous man".

The men's bodies arrived at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire for a private service before passing through Wootton Bassett.

Marine Hart lived with his family in Upper Poppleton.

'Never forgotten'

His parents Dilys and Chris Hart said: "Throughout his life, David showed the qualities of the Commando Spirit, he had a great personality and was a friend to everyone.

"His cheerfulness, his sense of humour and of course his smile will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

"We are immensely proud, as he was, of his achievements."

The family of Bombardier Robinson said: "Sam was doing the job that he loved and was proud to be doing it.

"We are all very proud of him and we will miss him forever."

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hayhurst, Commanding Officer 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, said Bombardier Robinson was a "courageous man" respected by all who knew him.

He added: "He was special and will be sorely missed. His tragic loss has come as a shock to us all and my greatest sympathy goes out to his family and to his friends."

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