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Wootton Bassett's Last Post for war dead

The town of Wootton Bassett fell silent for what could be the final time as a fallen soldier was repatriated to the UK.

More than 1,000 people lined the Wiltshire town's High Street to pay tribute to Lieutenant Daniel Clack (24) of 1st Battalion The Rifles, who was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, last week.

At the end of the month repatriations return to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire as RAF Lyneham closes.

Wootton Bassett's place in the story of Britain's operations in Afghanistan began only by chance in April 2007 when Brize Norton was closed for runway repairs. Instead the returning C-17s brought the bodies back to Lyneham - less than five miles from the centre of Wootton Bassett.

To get to the special armed forces department of pathology at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, a hearse has no choice but to drive down the High Street before heading east along the M4.

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