South Yorkshire soldier killed in Afghanistan is flown home

Repatriated: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson, at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Photo: Cpl Steve Blake RLC/ MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire.
Repatriated: Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson, at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Photo: Cpl Steve Blake RLC/ MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire.
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A SOUTH Yorkshire soldier killed on duty in Afghanistan has been repatriated - his body was flown in to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Sergeant Lee Davidson, aged 32, was a father-of-two from Doncaster.

He was a member of The Light Dragoons and died after his Ridgeback vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb.

Sgt Davidson was patrolling with the Afghan Uniformed Police in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, on Sunday.

A private ceremony for the family was planned at the air base before the cortege headed via the Britannia Gate on its way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Members of the public were expected to gather and pay their last respects as the cortege later passed the memorial garden in Carterton, where the Union flag was to be hung at half-mast.

Sgt Davidson, who leaves wife Samantha, pregnant with his daughter, and sons Jayden and Jamie, is the 427th member of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.

For full report see The Star tomorrow.