Bassett pays respect once more [28/07/09]
soldiers returned home today from Afghanistan.They had given
their lives for their country. Local people and people from
around the country turned out in their hundreds in Wootton
Bassett to honour the soldiers as they passed through the
was Brown there? And were Ainsworth and Miliband there?
No, of course not. They were busy scheming back in Whitehall,
working out how they can deny the injured their compensation.
General Dannatt has stood with the people on Wootton Bassett
high street to pay his respects to the fallen. But you won't
find a minister there. But then that's probably a good thing.
Who would want to stand alongside them?
Aminiasi Toge of 2nd Battalion The Rifles
Cpl Joseph Etchells of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment
Capt Daniel Shepherd of 11 EODl Regiment, The Royal Logistic
Guardsman Christopher King of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
Hundreds honour fallen soldiers
Sun: Four heroes return home
In Memoriam: Alex Hawkins [25/07/09]
Corporal Alex Hawkins, aged 22, of 1st Battalion The Royal
Anglian Regiment, was killed in southern Afghanistan on
Wednesday 25th July 2007. L/Cpl Hawkins was returning to
base near Sangin with his patrol when his Vector was hit
by a mine. he sadly later died from the wounds he received.
CO said: "Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins was one of the
most promising soldiers of his generation. A natural leader
and trained sniper he was a superb example to others and
highly respected throughout the Vikings. He leaves behind
some fond memories and a lasting legacy that we will all
strive to live up to. Never to be forgotten, he will go
down in Regimental history as a true professional and close
friend who we feel privileged to have served and fought
His friend Lance Corporal Craig Rouse, said: "Any
soldier in the British Army would have been honoured to
have him fight by his side. He will be sorely missed. Recruits
passing out of training should model themselves on him.
He was a model soldier."
L/Cpl Alex Hawkins 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment
killed in Afghanistan
Tribute: Alex Hawkins
Telegraph:A season muted by loss for soldiers, families
1YORKS parade through their home towns [22/07/09]
1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment is in the process of
holding a series of homecoming/freedom parades in six Yorkshire
cities - York, Harrogate, Hull, Beverly, Leeds and Rotherham
- to mark their return from operations in Iraq (OP TELIC
13) and Kosovo (Operation OCULUS).
of the Battalion were amongst the last combat troops to
withdraw from southern Iraq (Operation TELIC 13). Individuals
were also present who recently served in Afghanistan and
had received their campaign medals at last week's Medals
Parade at their base in Germany.
Crowds cheered the guys yesterday as they marched through
Tomorrow the residents of Hull and Beverly will have their
chance to show their support for their local lads and on
Friday it will be Leeds' turn. The ceremonials will be rounded
off on 3rd August when the Regiment will receive the Freedom
of the Borough of Rotherham.
Parades mark soldiers' homecoming
Yorkshire Regiment: Parades and Ceremonials