Comrades of six soldiers from The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment killed in Afghanistan have returned home.
Six months since the blast which killed Corporal Jake Hartley, Privates Anthony Frampton, Christopher Kershaw, Daniel Wade and Daniel Wilford, and Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 98 men from Corunna Company were met by loved ones for an emtional reunion at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster there the regiment is based yesterday.
More members of the regiment, which was formerly the Duke of Wellington’s, are expected home next month.
Major Ed Colver, Commanding Officer of Corunna Company, was greeted by his wife Lisa and their children six-month-old Philippa and three-year-old Hugo.
He said: “It’s wonderful to be back home and see the children’s faces, and the wives and families.
“There’s a mixture of relief that the soldiers have made it bck safe and sound and also a huge amount of pride after what has been a long and difficult tour.
“But my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the six soldiers who were killed. It must be very difficult for them to see people here celebrating when their sons have not come back.”
Major Colver said the soldiers’ deaths had shaken the company but praised the way his men reacted to the loss of their friends and colleagues.
“Nobody wants that to happen to any company, never mind your own,” he said.
“It was an extremely difficult situation bit I am incredibly proud of the way the men bounced back and got on with the job they were brought there to do.”