THE body of Royal Marine Christopher Maddison, a former pupil of Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough, was flown back to Britain this week.

Families of 11 men killed in action stood silently on the tarmac as the coffins were carried from the C17 transporter at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. Marine Maddison, 24, had been on one of the two landing craft vehicles, crewed by men from Plymouth-based 539 Assault Squadron, when they came under fire as they checked a waterway near the Al Faw peninsula, in southern Iraq.

His parents live in Scarborough.

The Duke of Gloucester, armed forces minister Adam Ingram and senior officers were among those present when the bodies arrived home.

The Band of the Scots Guards played Beethoven's funeral march during the hour-long ceremony.