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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

Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas 'loved the Army'

The family of Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas told ITV News' Emily Morgan that 'Pez' loved the Army and the military and believed in everything that it does. His partner Rachel Crosser and brother Trist Thomas were speaking as his body was returned to the UK from Afghanistan.

Leonard Thomas grew up in Cornwall but had moved to Cardiff more recently. He was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan at the weekend by a man dressed in an police uniform.

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Welsh soldiers repatriated from Afghanistan

Guardsman Craig Roderick's coffin was carried off the plane by members of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Credit: MOD/PA Wire

The bodies of the two Welsh soldiers who died in Afghanistan this weekend have been returned to the UK.

Leonard Thomas and Craig Roderick have been repatriated to RAF Brize Norton along with a third man, Apete Tuisovurua from Fiji, who died alongside them.

 Leonard Thomas and Craig Roderick
Leonard Thomas, left, and Craig Roderick died in Afghanistan on Sunday Credit: MOD

Mr Roderick, from Cardiff, was a guardsman for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, along with Mr Tuisovurua. Mr Thomas served with the The Royal Corps of Signals.

The MoD confirmed that the three men were killed when a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire at them.

The bodies of two Welsh soldiers due to return to British soil

Leonard Thomas/Craig Roderick
Leonard Thomas, left, and Craig Roderick died in Afghanistan on Sunday Credit: Ministry of Defence

The bodies of the two Welsh soldiers who died in Afghanistan this weekend will return to the UK today.

Leonard Thomas and Craig Roderick are due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon, along with a third man, Apete Tuisovurua from Fiji, who died alongside them.

Mr Roderick, from Cardiff, was a guardsman for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, along with Mr Tuisovurua. Mr Thomas served with the The Royal Corps of Signals.

The MoD confirmed that the three men were killed when a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire at them.

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David Cameron: 'We will do everything in our power to ensure justice is done'

Prime Minister David Cameron says he is 'deeply saddened' by news of the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

I am deeply saddened by the appalling news that three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. My heart goes out to their families. The suspected perpetrator is in custody and we will do everything in our power, with the Afghan National Security Forces, to ensure that justice is done. This tragic incident again demonstrates the very real risks that our brave soldiers face every day. We will do everything possible to find out how this happened, and learn any lessons for the future.

– David Cameron
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