Baby daughter’s farewell to fallen hero

Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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HELD close by her mother, the baby daughter of fallen soldier Richard Walker watches on as the coffin of her devoted dad passes by.

Sapper Walker, 23, from Washington, was killed by a rogue Afghan soldier on Monday, January 7, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.

Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of Sapper Richard Walker, the British soldier shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army, who will be repatriated to the UK today. 'PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 17, 2013. Sapper Walker - a member of 28 Engineer Regiment attached to 21 Engineer Regiment - was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on January 7. See PA story DEFENCE Repatriation. Photo credit should read: MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of Sapper Richard Walker, the British soldier shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army, who will be repatriated to the UK today. 'PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 17, 2013. Sapper Walker - a member of 28 Engineer Regiment attached to 21 Engineer Regiment - was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on January 7. See PA story DEFENCE Repatriation. Photo credit should read: MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

His 21-month-old daughter Lilly-Faith was among hundreds who lined the streets as the cortege drove through Carterton, Oxfordshire, after its arrival at RAF Brize Norton on Thursday.

Lilly-Faith’s mum, Abbie Revill, 23, was supported by friends and family as she clutched their young daughter.

The hearse paused briefly next to a Union flag hung at half mast, to allow people to place red roses on the car.

As it pulled away there was a round of applause from members of the public.

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 17, 2013. See PA story  . Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 17, 2013. See PA story . Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The scenes are expected to be repeated later this month during the funeral service of Sapper Walker.

Although a date is yet to be fixed, the Echo understands the cortege will pass through Blackfell before going on to Washington Village.

Sapper Walker had worked as a technician for Vauxhall Motors before joining the Royal Engineers in July 2008 where he trained as a driver.

He was deployed to Afghanistan at the start of September last year.

The former Washington School pupil had returned back to Wearside just before Christmas, spending precious time with his family before returning to Afghanistan on Christmas Eve.

Sapper Walker, a devoted Sunderland AFC fan, was killed and six others injured when the Afghan soldier opened fire on troops.

They were all taken to the Bastion Role 3 medical facility, where Sapper Walker was pronounced dead.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the “insider attack”, which occurred at Patrol Base Hazrat.

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