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Sapper Richard Walker was 23 when shot

Sapper Richard Wilson Credit: MoD

An inquest into the death of a soldier from Washington is due to take place today, November 12. Sapper Richard Walker was 23 when he was killed in Afghanistan in January 2013.

The soldier died during his first deployment in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand.

The 28 Royal Engineer died and six others were injured when a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire.


Retired soldier dies in canoe accident

Durham Police have named a canoeist who died after his boat capsized in the River Tees at the weekend.

Retired Colonel Andrew Pullan, from Barnard Castle, was pulled under the water at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle shortly after 2pm on Saturday.

The 47-year-old was pulled from the river by his instructor and given first aid, initially by members of the public and fellow canoeists then by one of the police officers who were called to the scene.

He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he died on Sunday morning.

Colonel Pullan commanded 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment between 2006-2008 and had recently retired from the Army.

He leaves a widow, Mel and two children Ben and Hanna.

Soldiers given Freedom of Warminster

Soldiers from 1 Yorks, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Soldiers from 1 Yorks, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Around 250 soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment have taken part in a Freedom Parade.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Warminster in Wiltshire to watch members of the 1st Battalion march through the town.

The Freedom of Warminster was conferred on the regiment's 3rd Battalion last year.

But as part of Army reorganisation, the regiment's three battalions were merged into two and the Warminster-based battalion, the 3 Yorks, was renumbered the 1 Yorks.

The town council has now awarded the renumbered battalion freedom of the town and the parade was held today to mark the occasion.

During the parade, Sarah Troughton, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, took the salute along with the mayor of Warminster Paul Batchelor.

The Freedom of Warminster means the regiment has the right to march through the streets of the town.

It is also allowed to parade with colours flying, bayonets fixed, drums beating and bands playing.

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