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The bodies of three British soldiers killed in Helmand, Afghanistan, have arrived back in the UK.

Cpl John Moore, 22, from Lanarkshire, and Pte Sean McDonald, 26, who went to school in Edinburgh, died in an explosion near Sangin on Sunday.

Warrant Officer Class 2 David Markland, from Euxton, Lancs, died in a blast in the Nad Ali district on Monday.

The men's bodies were repatriated to RAF Lyneham. A private ceremony is due to take place at the base's chapel.

Hundreds are expected to line the streets in tribute as the cortege then passes through the nearby town of Wootton Bassett.

Cpl Moore, who was born in Bellshill and grew up in Hamilton, and Private McDonald, who was born in Toronto but educated in Edinburgh, were from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

They died while on a routine night patrol when a roadside bomb went off.

Pte McDonald leaves wife Jennifer, mother Jacqueline, brother Darryle and sister Ceilidh.

Cpl Moore's family said: "Johnathan was a proud Scottish soldier who was doing a job that he loved."

WO2 David Markland
WO2 David Markland was killed in an IED blast

WO2 Markland, was a bomb disposal expert with 20 years Army experience and was serving with the 36 Engineer Regiment, part of the Counter-IED Task Force.

He had been leading a team clearing routes of improvised explosive devices when he was killed.

He was on his eighth operational tour, having previously served in Bosnia and Iraq.

He leaves a wife, Corallee, and their two sons, Keelen, 10, and Logan, seven.

A total of 256 British personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

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