The final group of Royal Marines from 40 Commando based near Taunton are spending the weekend with their families. Alpha Company flew back to Britain yesterday after completing a 6 month tour of duty.
The last Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando have returned home from Afghanistan this evening. A homecoming march will take place in Taunton next Thursday.
The last Royal Marines from Somerset-based 40 Commando are returning home from Afghanistan to Norton Manor camp in Taunton, marking the end of a decade of operations in the country.
22-year-old John Thornton was just a few weeks away from the end of his tour with 40 Commando five years ago when he was killed.
His diaries have just been published - alongside those of his older brother - who is still in the armed forces.
About 80 Royal Marines from Alpha Company are due to land at RAF Brize Norton at about 2pm. They'll then be transported to Norton Manor Camp near Taunton by coach, greeting friends and family at around 6pm.
The last Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando are returning home from Afghanistan this evening. About 80 marines from Alpha Company are due back at Norton Manor camp, marking the end of a decade of operations in the country.
A homecoming march will take place in Taunton on Thursday, May 2nd.