As the soldiers and officers of 3 Medical Regiment stood on parade to receive their operational tour medals, a missing comrade remained in their thoughts and pinned to their chests.
Cpl Channing Day was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 24th October 2012, only two weeks after 3 Medical Regiment started their six month long tour.
During the medals parade, at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, the 200 soldiers and officers remembered their fallen comrade by wearing a charity memorial badge featuring a picture of Channing.
3 Medical Regiment deployed on Operation HERRICK 17 in October 2012. The Regiment returned in April 2013 after six long and arduous months.
The Regiment paraded in Gaza Barracks, Catterick Garrison, in front of 1000 friends and families and were inspected by Major General Jeremy Rowan, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Health), who gave a rousing speech to all attending, commenting on the hard work of not only the deployed soldiers, but of their families and soldiers holding the fort back in the UK as part of the Rear Operations Group.
The parade concluded with a fly past from both an Apache Attack helicopter and a Hawk from 100 Squadron RAF, before the troops were dispersed to enjoy the entertainment laid on for the day with their friends and families.
– Lieutenant Colonel Phil de Rouffignac, Commanding Officer of 3 Medical Regiment
This tour has seen real progress made in Afghanistan. The work the Regiment has done in providing medical support has been vital in letting others do their job, knowing they’ll be well looked after if the worst happens.
“Today is all about giving something back to the families and friends who have done so much to support us”.
Cpl Channing Day was killed in an incident in Nahr-e Seraj, Helmand Province, on 24 October 2012. The badges were produced to raise money and awareness for Combat Stress, Channing’s charity of choice. During the deployment, the Regiment raised around £3000 towards this charity in Channing’s memory.