Sapper Walker not wearing body armour when killed
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.
Soldiers from our region were among those from the Light Dragoons, who have been granted the Freedom of the Town of Dereham in Norfolk.
The regiment, based at the Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, has recently returned from a tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Thousands of people packed the streets to salute the soldiers - including Sgt Tony Richardson from Skelton near Middlesbrough, Cpl Alan Fernandez from Sunderland and Sgt Barry Taaffe from Durham.