THE body of Lance Corporal James Hill, 23, from the 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, was repatriated today.

Members of the Royal British Legion turned out in Headley Way, Oxford, to pay their respects as his body passed in a cortege to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where a post mortem will be carried out.

L/Cpl Hill died in an explosion just outside the main UK military base, Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province on October 8.

Legion members also paid their respects to one of their own, 88-year-old former Grenadier Guardsmen Harry Salmon, whose coffin followed L/Cpl Hill’s.

Mr Salmon, a member of the Marston Legion branch for more than 40 years, of Eden Drive, Headington, died on October 6 after being taken ill during a repatriation ceremony in Headley Way.