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Dead soldier is repatriated
5:04pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Keighley
The soldier gunned down by a rogue Afghan policeman at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province at the weekend, has been repatriated.
The body of former South Craven School pupil Gareth Thursby - who served with the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment - was flown back to RAF Brize Norton earlier today.
A private ceremony for his family was held on the air base before the cortege left for the 20-mile journey to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Sergeant Thursby, who was married and had two young children, would have celebrated his 30th birthday tomorrow.