Troops from the 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment's Corunna Company, are returning home to Britain after completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Nearly a hundred members of the Battalion will be greeted by relatives at a homecoming celebration at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, where the Regiment is based.
The soldiers have been stationed in one of the most remote parts of Helmand Province, Lashkar Gah Durai, since March. During the tour, members of Corunna Company mounted checkpoints and went on operations including a dramatic raid on a Taliban-controlled village which led to the seizure of 300 kilogrammes of explosives. They also raided other bomb factories and captured an insurgent commander.
But the company was also hit by tragedy earlier this year when six of its soldiers were killed after their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb. They included five members of their battalion, Corporal Jake Hartley and Privates Anthony Frampton, Christopher Kershaw, Daniel Wade and Daniel Wilford and Sergeant Nigel Couple from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - all killed when their armoured vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.