There were emotional scenes when 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment took part in a homecoming parade earlier today.
The soldiers marched through Huddersfield before attending a homecoming service to remember their comrades who were killed in Afghanistan.
Among the crowds who came to support the regiment, which were three-deep, were families of some of the fallen soldiers who included four from Huddersfield Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, of New Mill; Pte Anton Frampton, 20, of Longwood, Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, of Cowlersley and Pte Thomas Wroe, 18, of Meltham.
The troops could be heard before they were seen, as the brass band that preceded them alerted crowds to their arrival.
The crowds clapped and cheered, with some shouting: “Go on lads”, and “We’re so proud of you”.
Lt Col Nigel Rhodes thanked the crowds for their support, and asked for a moment’s silence to remember the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Mayor of Kirklees, Coun David Ridgway, gave a speech in which he told them: “You serve your country with dedication and dignity and we are very proud of you.
“You have faced challenging conditions that many of us simply cannot imagine.
“We owe you an enormous debt.”