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York Soldier comes home

York Soldier comes home

6:43am 24th June 2010
(Updated 7:28am 28th June 2010)

Hundreds of people will line the streets of Wooton Basset as the body of a York Soldier returns home

Trooper Smith, 21, from Acomb, died last Friday while guarding comrades at a checkpoint in Afghanistan.

The tank driver was only three weeks into his first six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province with The Royal Dragoon Guards, Viking Group, D (The Green Horse) Squadron. Trooper Smith’s body is to be repatriated tomorrow to RAF Lyneham, in Wiltshire, where a private ceremony will be held.

The bodies of 2 two Fijian  Soldiers based at Caterick, Corporal Taniela Rogoiruwai and Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce, will also be flown back to the UK.

Ashley's family will be there his Mum and Dad have said;

"Trooper Ashley Smith was the youngest of a very close family and doted on his parents. He worked hard and was passionate about what he was doing and proud of all he had achieved.

"He cared deeply about his family and the many friends he had in the Army and in his home city of York. Everyone that knew Ashley loved him and he was the best son any mother and father could have wished for and a loving brother to his brothers and sisters.

"Ashley will be sorely missed and we are immensely proud of our son."

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