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Date added: 21 July 2010

Gurkha Families Mourn At Wootton Bassett 

Three British servicemen return home killed by a rogue Afghan soldier
 
Thousands of mourners lined the streets of a Wootton Bassett yesterday to pay their final respects to three British servicemen killed by a rogue Afghan soldier.
 
Those amongst the crowd included the families of Major James Bowman, Lieutenant Neal Turkington and Corporal Arjun Purja Pun, all of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who were killed at their base in Helmand Province on Monday last week.
 
Their bodies - along with that of Marine Matthew Harrison, of 40 Commando - was flown back to RAF Lyneham, before passing through Wootton Bassett around 2pm, before they travelled to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
 
Repatriation
Wootton Bassett
20 July 2010
 
Gurkha family mourn at Wootton Bassett 20 July 2010
Debbie Coleman
 
Gurkha family mourn at Wootton Bassett 20 July 2010
Debbie Coleman
 
Gurkha family mourn at Wootton Bassett 20 July 2010
Debbie Coleman
 
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NEXT REPAT:
Wootton Bassett
Thursday 22 July 2010
2:00pm approx.
Debbie Coleman
 
The photos above are from Swindon photographer Debbie Coleman, who has just graduated from the University of Gloucestershire Ba (Hons) course in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Her work covering the repatriations at Wootton Bassett having already received praise from leading journalists and photo editors - including this comment from Elisabeth Biondi Visuals Editor at The New Yorker.
 
Deborah Coleman conveys the sadness of loss powerfully in the tradition of classical photojournalism. Her pictures are honest and without frills. She brings us emotionally close to what she observes. Her pictures move us deeply, making us think about loss in our own life.
Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor at The New Yorker.
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