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Helmand marine Nigel Dean Mead's body is flown home

Marine Dean Mead
Image caption Dean Mead was killed by a bomb in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province

The body of Royal Marine Dean Mead, who was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, has been returned to the UK.

Marine Mead, 19, from Carmarthen, was searching a compound in Helmand province when he was killed by an improvised explosive device on Sunday.

A private service was held at the base chapel before the cortege went through Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

His mother Amanda called him the "rock that supported me through life".

His death takes the number of British military personnel killed in operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 365.

As has become tradition, local people and Royal British Legion members joined his family and friends to line the high street in tribute.

Before joining up in October 2008, aged 17, he lived with his mother, Amanda, and sister, Jessica, in Carmarthen.

Marine Mead, who was with 4-2 Commando, studied at Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen.

He was fatally injured by a bomb while searching a compound in the Nad Ali district.

His father, Philip Mead, said his son would "forever be in our hearts".

Lt Col Ewen Murchison, commanding officer of 4-2 Commando Royal Marines, said: "Deano, as he is known to his friends, has made the ultimate sacrifice."

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