Hundreds of tearful mourners stood in silence as the bodies of Corporal David O'Connor, 27, from 40 Commando Royal Marines and Corporal Channing Day, 25, from 3 Medical Regiment arrived from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton before being driven along the 'Highway for Heroes' in the town of Carterton in Oxfordshire.
Families and friends of the two fallen soldiers, along with hundreds of other mourners, openly wept as the funeral cortege passed them. Many laid red and white roses on the coffins.
A Royal Air Force C17 Globemaster transporter plane carrying the bodies landed at RAF Brize Norton at 1.30pm on Tuesday 30th October. Later in the day, two black hearses slowly made their way into town and onward to the hospital.
At around the same time this was happening, news broke that two more British soldiers - both from the Royal Gurkha Rifles - had lost their lives in Afghanistan.