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Last Marines return home

The last Royal Marines from Taunton-based 40 Commando return home from Afghanistan. Around 80 marines from Alpha Company are due back at Norton Manor camp, marking the end of a decade of operations in the country.

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Diaries of Taunton-based Royal Marines published

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.

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