Final salute for fallen soldier

BRITISH soldier Joseva Saqanagonedau Vatubua, was given a final salute by friends as his body was repatriated to the UK.

Private Vatubua, 24, was killed on New Year's Day in an explosion in southern Afghanistan.

His friend Niko Bolatagane of The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment said it was like "losing a brother" as he joined his widow Claudette and his family and friends in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

A private service was later held for his family.