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Final leg of homecoming tour for Mercian Regiment

Over 250 soldiers from The Mercian Regiment will march through the centre of Lichfield today to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan.

The parade is the final leg of a homecoming tour.

The troops will also march to The Kings Head, the very pub in which the 3rd Battalion, which was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment, was originally formed in 1705.

The 3rd Battalion is being merged into the 1st and 2nd Battalion.

British soldier killed in a suicide blast named

Ian Fisher Credit: MOD

A British soldier killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan has been named as Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Michael Fisher from the 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords).

The 42-year-old studied at Staffordshire University before joining the Territorial Army in Stoke-on-Trent and later the Mercian Regiment. He was killed yesterday in Helmand province on the final day of an operation to disrupt insurgent activity.

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Suicide blast soldier was former reservist

The 42-year-old physics and geology graduate, WO2 Ian Fisher was born in Barking in Essex, joined the Territorial Army in February 1993.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Michael Fisher. Credit: MoD

After completing his degree at Staffordshire University, and following three and a half years' service as a reservist Lance Corporal, he volunteered to go to Hong Kong in August 1996 as a Regular Private with B Company, 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's).

He completed four previous operational tours from 1999 - once to Northern Ireland, twice to Iraq and a previous tour of Afghanistan in 2011.

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Tributes to 'doting father and true professional soldier'

WO2 Ian Fisher leaves his wife, Emma, two sons, James, seven, and William, five, and his parents, Simon and Helen.

Paying tribute, Emma said: "Ian will always be the centre of my life, he will be remembered as a doting father, loving husband and a true professional soldier.

"He loved being a soldier, that's what he lived for. We are all so proud and always will be."

The MoD said WO2 Fisher's colleagues described him as "the epitome of an Infantry Sergeant Major, straight talking and obsessive in his pursuit of excellence and gaining the most from his subordinates while ensuring their wellbeing."

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Soldier killed in suicide attack named as Ian Fisher

A British soldier killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan has been named as Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ian Michael Fisher from The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords).

WO2 Fisher, 42, who worked as a Sergeant Major for a company of Warrior fighting vehicles, died from an explosion during a vehicle-borne suicide attack.

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Pensioner speaks about her 200-mile walk for Mercians

A pensioner has told how she decided to walk across the Midlands in support of local soldiers after becoming increasingly aware of the difficulties they face.

Stoke-on-Trent woman Enid Corker told ITV News Central she felt it was "very important" to show servicemen that ordinary members of the public supported the regiment.

She arrived in Nottingham today where she presented a memorial scroll containing the names of the Regiment's 28 soldiers who have been killed in action since 2007 to Nottinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace.

71-year-old Stoke-on-Trent woman walking 200 miles for charity

The Mercian Regiment Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 71-year old woman from Stoke-on-Trent is walking 200 miles through four Midlands counties in support of the Mercian Regiment Benevolence Fund for injured servicemen.

Enid Corker began her epic walk in Cheshire last Saturday and has already walked through Staffordshire and Derbyshire in the company of serving soldiers from all four battalions of The Mercian Regiment.

She will be arriving in Nottingham today where she will be presenting a memorial scroll containing the names of the Regiment's 28 soldiers who have been killed in action since 2007 to Nottinghamshire's Lord Lieutenant Sir John Peace.

A map of Enid Corker's 200 mile walk from Cheshire to Worcestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Prince Charles awards Mercian regiment's new colours - full report

The Prince of Wales has officially presented the Mercian Regiment with their new colours, following the regiment's formation six years ago.

The regiment recruits many soldiers from the Midlands and today was important as all four batallions came together to welcome the new colours, which Prince Charles said represented their heritage and fighting spirit. Victoria Davies reports.

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