The diaries of soldiers who served during the First World War have been published online for the first time. Here are some of the extracts.
A town fell silent today as the bodies of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan were returned home.
The coffins of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been carried from a plane at Brize Norton in a ceremony a short time ago.
The publication of thousands of diaries from servicemen who fought in the First World War will enable their voices to heard, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said.
Speaking ahead of the publication of the extracts today, she said:
The National Archives' digitised First World War unit diaries will allow us to hear the voices of those that sacrificed their lives and is even more poignant now there are no living veterans who can speak directly about the events of the war.
This new online vehicle gives a very public voice to some of these soldiers, through which we will be able to hear their thoughts and feelings.
The online publication of thousands of pages of diary entries from the First World War will allow "allows people across the world to discover daily activities, stories and battles of each unit for themselves", author and military records specialist William Spencer said.
The diaries are the most popular records from The National Archives' First World War collection and are being digitised as part of the organisation's centenary programme.
Mr Spencer said he hopes the publication of the diaries will enable people to learn more about the First World War, and shed some light on the thoughts and feelings of the men who fought it. He said:
"It's interesting because it's humanising it. War is a de-humanising thing."
Hundreds of thousands of pages of diaries from units from the First World War have been digitised and will be available to read online today.
The National Archives is publishing the first batch of unit diaries from France and Flanders as part of the organisations centenary programme.
The organisation is hoping that "citizen historians" will read the diaries to unearth new discoveries about life at war.
After a six month deployment to Afghanistan 350 Soldiers from 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment marked their return to the UK with an Operational Medal Parade in Malmesbury in Wiltshire.
9 TLR formed part of the Theatre Logistics Group responsible for providing the deployed British troops with ammunition, body armour, vehicles, weapons, fuel, rations, medical supplies and water.
Personnel were presented with operational service medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton and the Mayor of Malmesbury, Mr John Grundy. After the parade the soldiers then marched to Malmesbury Abbey for a church service.
More than 100 soldiers from the 1st Batallion Irish Guards were welcomed home to their base in Aldershot.
The soldiers have spent 6 months in Afghanistan and were escorted through the gates of the barracks to greet their waiting families.
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, known as 'The Tigers' are carrying out their Freedom of the City parade through Winchester.
More than 160 soldiers took part in the parade including troops and Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers.
The soldiers started their parade at 12pm and marched from the precinct, then speeches and inspection were made just after midday.
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, known as 'The Tigers', have been conducting a 'freedom parade' through Winchester today.
The parade arranged by Winchester City Council and the Regiment takes place under a Freedom of the City right.
It is an old privilege to allow certain regiments to parade through the city with 'bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.'
The parade will end with a reception at Guildhall after marching around the King Alfred statue and along the lower High Street.
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