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Tributes paid to ex-Paratrooper Ben Parkinson on day he officially leaves Army

Ben Parkinson meeting schoolchildren Photo: ITV Calendar

The most wounded British soldier from the Afghanistan war officially left the British Army today after the Ministry of Defence agreed a landmark deal – more than 12 years after he suffered catastrophic injuries.

Schoolchildren are among those who have thanked Doncaster's war hero, Ben Parkinson, today (Friday).

In a separate, and unprecedented development, the Service Complaints Ombudsman (an armed forces watchdog) found the Army guilty of maladministration over its handling of Ben's case.

The head of the Army has been forced to apologise to Parkinson, who has finally won his fight for a long-term care package.

WATCH: David Hirst reports on Ben Parkinson's departure from the Army (broadcast: 29 March 2019)