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Body of Lt Daniel Clack repatriated from Afghanistan

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Media captionThe cortege transports Lt Daniel Clack's body through Wootton Bassett

A British army officer killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan has been repatriated.

Lt Daniel Clack, 24, of Gloucestershire-based 1st Battalion The Rifles, died on Friday as he led a foot patrol in Helmand province.

He was flown into RAF Lyneham and the cortege passed through Wootton Bassett on the way to John Radcliffe Hospital.

The repatriation of Lt Clack could be the last through RAF Lyneham, which is due to close.

Lt Clack was the fourth member of his battalion to die on tour.

Five of his comrades were injured in the explosion, which happened 150m (490ft) from the entrance to the checkpoint he commanded in the Shaparak area of the Nahr-e Saraj district.

Lt Clack's family said: "Dan was a brave rifleman and he died doing the only profession he ever considered.

"He loved leading his riflemen and was so proud to be an officer in the British army.

"There are no words to describe our loss. He will be forever missed by his mother, father, brother, fiancee and all those who knew him. He will always be in our hearts."

Lt Clack's commanding officer, Lt Col James de Labilliere, said he had "demonstrated a courage and bravery that was profound and inspiring".

He added: "His men quite evidently adored him and they showed him a loyalty and respect in a way that is reserved for only the very few and the very best."

Image caption Lt Daniel Clack was described as a keen sportsman

At the time of his death Lt Clack was leading a patrol to the village of Dactran to discuss a meeting of elders planned for the next day. He was said to have a "deep rapport" with the local population.

After graduating from Exeter University, he worked in Switzerland as a driver for a ski chalet company, before joining the Army in May 2009.

He was commissioned from Sandhurst into The Rifles in 2010, and had served with C Company as 8 Platoon Commander since his arrival in Afghanistan in April.

From September repatriations, which have gone through RAF Lyneham since 2007, will instead go through RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

It will mean an end to the scenes in Wootton Bassett, where crowds have lined the streets to pay their respects to the fallen.

The town is being renamed Royal Wootton Bassett to recognise its efforts.

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