Town ready to welcome soldiers home from Afghanistan
12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in North Wilts news
DOZENS of cakes have been iced and the Union flags are ready to be handed out as Malmesbury prepares to celebrate 9 Regiment’s homecoming tomorrow.
Royal Logistic Corps soldiers from Buckley Barracks who have returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan will be parading in the Cross Hayes at 11am to receive their operational medals before marching through the town to the abbey for a service.
For the first time special medals will be handed out to the children who have coped with life at home knowing their parents were facing danger in a war zone.
During its tour the regiment was responsible for delivering body armour, ammunition, fuel, rations and medical supplies to troops on the frontline. Its soldiers operated out of Camp Bastion, Kabul and several forward operating bases in Helmand.
They also worked on the huge task of preparing stores and equipment for return to the UK as responsibility for security is handed over to the Afghans.
Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Sarah Troughton and Mayor of Malmesbury John Gundry will be on the parade ground to hand out medals and a special reception for the soldiers will be held in the town hall after the abbey service.