The last contingent of Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) have arrived home from Afghanistan and into the arms of their loved ones in Kent. Around 80 members of A Company from 1st battalion were met by friends, family and 1RGR colleagues when they arrived back at Sir John Moore Barracks, Folkestone.
The families of Gurkhas, who are based in Folkestone, are due to welcome them home later. Around eighty have spent the last six months in Afghanistan. They are the last to arrival of the First Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles four hundred and seventy strong contingent.
They may be 3,500 miles away but soldiers serving in Afghanistan will soon be receiving Christmas presents from their families.
The wives and children of troops from the south east are sending off gifts and messages to their loved ones - many of whom are risking their lives on the front-line.
Tom Savvides speaks to soldiers' wives Jen Overland, Sonita Gambang, Nadine Ashley, and Capt Edward Thompson of 69 Squadron Gurkha Search.
The MoD has confirmed the deaths in Afghanistan of Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar. They were from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, based at Folkestone.
Lieutenant Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Kunwar were based in Checkpoint Prrang in the southern area of Nahr-e Saraj. On 30th October they were participating in a shura (meeting) with Afghan policemen inside the checkpoint. They were shot by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform.
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Prince Charles, the Colonel in Chief The Royal Gurkha Rifles has arrived in Kent to visit Gurkha soldiers and their families before their deployment to Afghanistan.
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