The body of a soldier who died in what's believed to be a freak accident in Afghanistan last week is to be flown into RAF Lyneham tomorrow.

Lance Corporal George Davey, 23, from Norfolk, is believed to have been killed while cleaning his gun at his barracks in Sangin in Helmand province. There was no-one else present.

However, military police have been brought in by the Royal Anglian Regiment to investigate his death, which is expected to take some time.

His coffin will arrive at Lyneham draped in a union flag and will be met by his family and a party from the Royal Anglian Regiment, including the regiment's colonel, Lt Gen John McColl.

It will be borne off the aircraft by colleagues in uniform and will remain at Wiltshire for a couple of days before beins transferred to Lance Corporal Davey's hometown in Beccles, Norfolk.

He will be given a military funeral at St Mary's Church in Aldeby, near Beccles, where he was married. Soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment will carry his coffin, which will be draped in a flag, but there will be no firing party.

The inquest is likely to be carried out by the Wiltshire coroner. Previously British war dead have been returned to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and inquests have been heard by the Oxfordshire coroner.

But there is now a backlog of cases in Oxfordshire, and L/Cpl Davey is being brought back to Lyneham so his inquest is not delayed.