Dead soldier flown home

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THE body of a Portsmouth-born soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan was flown back to the UK yesterday.

Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna, 36, died in a blast in Helmand Province on Monday while patrolling with 1st Battalion The Rifles.

His body was repatriated to RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, before the funeral cortege passed through nearby Wootton Bassett.

Tributes have been paid to the Colour Serjeant, who had also served in Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Iraq.

Kevin Fortuna was born in Portsmouth. His family left the area and he was brought up in Cheltenham, leaving school to join the army aged 16.

The Ministry of Defence described Colour Sjt Fortuna as a ‘phenomenal, irreplaceable individual,’ who ‘cared for those he commanded passionately’.