Wythenshaw Soldier Repatriated

4 April 2013, 18:54

A soldier from Wythenshawe has been repatriated, after he died following an attack in Afghanistan.

24 year old Lance Corporal Jamie Webb, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, was killed following the incident in the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province on March 26.

His body was flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, where his Union flag-draped coffin was carried from the plane with full military honours.

A private service before the cortege made its way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

L/Cpl Webb, who was born in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, and was on his second tour of Afghanistan, was known as Webby.

His family previously issued a statement saying: “We are so proud of Jamie being a Mercian soldier.

“Jamie is loved by his dad Dave, mum Sue and his close family and friends.”

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Phil Kimber described him as “a real character, a totally professional soldier and a great friend to many”.

He said: "Lance Corporal Webb was exactly the type of man you wanted around. Always with a smile on his face, always willing to engage in some witty and mischievous banter, he really did lift the morale of all around him."

Before entering the Army, L/Cpl Webb attended Wilmslow High School and Macclesfield College in Cheshire.

He enlisted aged 18 and joined 1st Battalion The Cheshire Regiment in September 2006.

L/Cpl Webb's death takes to 441 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 and the third to die so far in 2013.

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