WOOTTON BASSETT, England (AFP) - Another six British soldiers bodies were given an emotional homecoming from Afghanistan Tuesday, in a small English town grown bleakly used to mourning as the Afghan death toll mounts. Under leaden autumn skies, the return of the coffins including five men shot dead last week by a rogue Afghan policeman they were helping to train marked a low point of Britains involvement in the eight-year conflict. The latest repatriation of bodies also came as questions grow about the Afghan mission, crystallised in a row between Prime Minister Gordon Brown and one dead servicemans grieving mother. The victims of last weeks attack in a police checkpoint in Nad Ali, Helmand, and the body of a soldier blown up by a roadside bomb two days later, were flown back to RAF Lyneham airbase in southwest England. Tightly wrapped in Union flags, the coffins were then driven slowly in six hearses through Wootton Bassett, the town near the airbase which has become the unofficial first point of mourning for families of the war dead. At the stroke of 3:00 pm, distraught relatives clamped hands on the shoulders of sons and daughters of the dead men, the children grasping bunches of flowers to toss onto the rain-spattered hearses as they passed by. Relatives of the youngest victim of the shooting, Guardsman Jimmy Major, 18, from the Grenadier Guards, wore t-shirts emblazoned with his photograph and name. The sobbing of a young girl pierced the silence as the hearses halted. Hundreds of wellwishers and colleagues, some in uniform, swelled one of the biggest crowds seen in Wootton Bassett, which has now seen almost 100 funeral corteges pass through its high street since 2007. Even hardened soldiers seemed on the edge of tears as the hearses continued their journey, before a spontaneous round of applause broke out. The deaths of the five men at the hands of a man they were mentoring an attack claimed by the Taliban has shaken confidence in what the British government says is the crucial work of training Afghan security forces. A young woman who asked not to be named but was a friend of one of the men shot, Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith, 24, from the Royal Military Police, said: He should never have died. This is a stupid war. They should bring the rest of them home now. It was also a poignant occasion for Roland Symonds, 54, a former soldier who felt he should come to Wootton Bassett for the first time to pay his respects. He admitted the shootings will harm trust between the British forces and the Afghan police. The government says we will keep on training the Afghans, but this sort of incident definitely erodes any trust, he said. Britain has lost 95 soldiers in Afghanistan this year, the highest casualty levels since the 1982 Falklands War, and a total of 232 have died since the 2001 invasion of the country. The rising death toll has been accompanied by rising public criticism of the war: a weekend Comres poll for the BBC revealed that 64 percent of the public think the war is unwinnable, up six points from July. In London, Brown paid tribute to all the British troops who have died in Afghanistan, and apologised to the mother of one killed last month after she complained that his handwritten letter of condolence was strewn with errors. Brown said he told Jacqui Janes that he was sorry for any mistakes that had been made in the letter in which he appears to have made a mistake in her 20-year-old son Jamies name. Brown added: I also said to anybody whom I have written to, if my writing is difficult to read, I apologise for that. Aides have described Browns handwriting as unique and said it was hindered by his eyesight he lost the use of one eye as a youth. Janes told the Sun newspaper that in her telephone conversation with Brown, she had claimed her son bled to death from his wounds because of a shortage of helicopters. He replied he was doing everything he could for the troops.