THE body of Fiji-born British soldier, Guardsman Apete Saunikalou Tuisavura was received by his father in England yesterday.
Neupote Tuisavura Sr and his namesake joined hundreds of mourners including friends and families of the three British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan.
The bodies of Guardsman Tuisavura of the 1st Battalion of the Welsh Guardsmen, Warrant Officer Craig Roderick and Leonard Thomas, of the Royal Corps of Signals were flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Mr Tuisavura Sr and his namesake left Fiji early this week to receive the body of his son before any decisions were made on when the soldier's body will be flown to Fiji for burial.
British Army support officer Major Jim Hall said they were preparing for the early return of Mr Tuisavura to arrange for the burial of his son.
The three soldiers who were members of an Afghan Police advisory team were killed on July 1 after helping organise a meeting of elders at Checkpoint Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand Province.
After a private ceremony yesterday, their cortege passed the memorial garden before heading to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Guardsman Tuisavura, 28, had been a soldier for a little more than one year, after finishing his training and joining the regiment in June 2011, based in Hounslow, west London.
Four other British soldiers have died in similar circumstances so far this year.
The British Ministry of Defence said there had been 16 UK fatalities since 2008, including the seven killed this year.