A Norfolk soldier who lost both his legs in an Afghanistan bomb blast is hoping to become the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole
Two soldiers from the Anglia region are among more than a hundred who were honoured at a military ceremony in London.
An Essex-based soldier has been awarded a Queen's Commendation for Bravery after a saving victims of a bus hit by a bomb in Afghanistan.
It's an environment that recently defeated even veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
But that won't deter a soldier from Norfolk who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He's hoping to become the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole.
Duncan Slater will take part in a race in Antarctica later this year in aid of Prince Harry's charity, Walking With The Wounded.
Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner left the war-torn country on Monday evening and has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base, thought to be in Cyprus.
He landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and will now travel with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their Suffolk headquarters.
Families flocked to RAF Marham in Norfolk this afternoon for an emotional reunion with their loved ones as the heroes of II Squadron arrived home from a four month tour of Afghanistan.
Among them one little boy who's birthday wish was to have his daddy back.
Natalie Gray was there too :
Soldiers from the 1st Batallion, the Royal Anglians received their medals today after a gruelling six month tour of Afghanistan. The Vikings are based in Bury St Edmunds but recruit from across our region. Today was a reminder of their heroics in a war that's lasted more than 11 years
Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles died on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. On 30th October they were meeting with Afghan Uniformed Policemen inside the checkpoint.
When they finished their meeting Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter, along with his colleague Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar, were shot and killed by a man wearing an Aghan police uniform who had attended the meeting.
– Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence
I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar. They have made the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving in Afghanistan on an operation which is vital to our national security. My thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of both of these brave men at this most difficult time.
Lieutenant Drummond-Baxter was born in Peterborough in 1983. He leaves behind his mother, Helen, father, David and sister, Emily.
– The family of Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter
Edward was fiercely loyal and totally sincere to his parents, sister and many friends who are mourning him today both in the UK and around the world. He loved the Gurkhas and died among friends doing the job that he wanted to do.