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.
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.
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.
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Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson was serving with the Light Dragoons who are based at Swanton Morley when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
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Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson was serving with the Light Dragoons when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. Malcolm Robertson reports.
A soldier from the Light Dragoons, who are based at Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, Norfolk has been killed in Afghanistan.
He died yesterday (9 september) when the vehicle he was travelling in hit an improvised explosive device. His family have been informed.
"I have the sad duty to inform you that a soldier from The Light Dragoons has died as a result of wounds sustained while on duty in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are extended to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."