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Afghanistan veterans honoured

Servicemen and women who died during the Afghanistan campaign and veterans have been remembered at a service of commemoration today.

The royal family, civil dignitaries and government leaders all attended the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, along with serving personnel, veterans and families.

Warrant Officer Matt Tomlinson is a Royal Marine from Torpoint in Cornwall. He was awarded the Military Cross for saving the lives of colleagues during a fierce firefight in Afghanistan .

The lead vehicle was blown up by an IED and Matt braved incoming rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire to help rescue the seriously injured driver.

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Children put through their paces by the Royal Marines

A youngster gets some commando training at Bickleigh Barracks Credit: ITV News

Around 40 children have been put through their paces this week by Royal Marines from 42 Commando.

All of the youngsters are members of Her Majesty's School Heroes, a support group for children of service men and women.

The workshop, at Bickleigh Barracks in Plymouth, gave them the chance to do commando-style challenges.

I think it's really important for the children of the servicemen and women to sort of see what their mums and dads get up to on a day to day basis.

There's not that much opportunity really for them to see that and I think it is really interesting and rewarding for them to do that and I think HMS Heroes gives them that platform.

– Maj Andy Titerickx, 42 Commando

Stars come out for the Royal Marines' birthday

Harrison Ford is one of the stars to appear on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy birthday Credit: Royal Marines

Some famous faces have appeared on a video wishing the Royal Marines a happy 350th anniversary.

They include The Prime Minister, Bear Grylls, Harrison Ford, Ross Kemp, Caroline Quentin, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill.

You can watch the video here.

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Plymouth marines help guard Buckingham Palace

Plymouth marines help guard Buckingham Palace Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Royal Marines from Plymouth are helping guard Buckingham Palace.

Men from kilo company, Four-Two Commando, have swapped their usual camouflage for full dress uniform as they patrol the railings outside the royal residence.

It's to mark the corps' 350th anniversary and is only the fourth time in a hundred years they've taken on the ceremonial duties.

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Naming of Marines follows colleague's life sentence

The naming of two Royal Marines who were acquitted of the murder of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan comes after one of their colleagues was given a life sentence for the killing.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman was named as Marine A.

Marine A, who was later named as Alexander Blackman, will spend at least 10 years in prison for the murder, which was filmed on the headcam of a comrade during a patrol in Afghanistan.

Blackman said he was "devastated" at being given a life sentence and was "very sorry" for his actions.

The two Marines acquitted of the murder were named as Corporal Christopher Glyn Watson and Marine Jack Alexander Hammond today after the High Court lifted an anonymity order.

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