Three hundred soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment will parade through Nottingham City Centre today (June 25), marking their return from their latest tour in Afghanistan.
Following the parade, a reception will be held at Nottingham City Council House where six Nottingham soldiers will receive their Op Herrick campaign medals from the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, in recognition of their recent tour.
This was the Battalion's fourth tour of Afghanistan. During the six month tour two members of the Battalion were killed: Captain Rupert Bowers and Private Matthew Haseldin.
Private Matthew Haseldin, from Yorkshire, was killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province in November 2011 after his patrol came under attack from insurgents.
Captain Rupert Bowers, from Wolverhampton, was operating as an advisor to the Afghan National Army. He was leading a patrol when he was killed in a bomb blast on 21 March 2012.
Accompanied by the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) Corps of Drums, the soldiers will step off from St Mary's Church at midday.