Welsh Guards homecoming

Prince Charles has welcomed home soldiers from his regiment, the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, to their barracks at Hounslow.

Prince of Wales welcomes Welsh Guards home

The Prince of Wales presents Operational Service Medals as he welcomes home the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards who have recently returned from Afghanistan at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, West London.

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Cardiff homecoming for 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

More than three hundred soldiers from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards have paraded through the streets of Cardiff today after returning from a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

They held a memorial service to remember four colleagues who were killed in action.

They were Lance Corporal Lee Davies, Guardsman Craig Roderick, Guardsman Apete Tuisovurua and Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas.

But there was also happiness, with the young son of one soldier deciding to join in the march.

Jane Solomons followed the Parade.

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1st Battalion Welsh Guards march through Cardiff

The end of the march Credit: ITV News Wales

More than three hundred soldiers from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards have marched through Cardiff this afternoon after a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

The day started with a service of rememberance for the four members of the battalion who died during the operation. The total number of Welsh personnel killed has now risen to 32.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Cardiff to welcome the soldiers Credit: ITV News Wales

Welsh Guards pay tribute to fallen soldiers on return from Afghanistan

More than 300 soldiers from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who have just returned from Afghanistan, will attend a memorial service on Thursday to remember four soldiers who were killed during the latest tour.

Lee Davies
Lance Corporal Lee Davies died on Saturday 12 May. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Guardsman Craig Roderick was killed alongside Guardsman Apete Tuisovurua and Warrant Officer Class 2 Leonard Thomas on Sunday 1 July. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Lee Davies, Guardsman Craig Roderick, Guardsman Apete Tuisovurua and Warrant Officer Class 2 Leonard Thomas were all killed in action during Operation Herrick 16.

After attending the service, the guards will parade through Cardiff from Cardiff Castle, through St Mary Street, around Mill Lane, through The Hayes and then back to the castle via Castle Street and Cardiff Arms Park.

Cardiff Council Leader, Councillor Heather Joyce, who will receive the official salute from the battalion, said: "The homecoming parade provides the opportunity for Cardiff residents and visitors to welcome the brave men and women from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards back to our capital city.

"The regiment held their first homecoming in 2010 in the city and I am delighted they will return once more to parade across the capital. I am very proud to be receiving the salute from the regiment and I would encourage people to come along to honour our soldiers."

Warrant Officer Class 2 Leonard Thomas Credit: Ministry of Defence
Guardsman Apete Tuisovurua Credit: Ministry of Defence