Town’s trib­ute to fallen he­roes

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Anil Dawar

SAD DUTY: Paras from 2nd Bat­tal­ion march through Colch­ester yes­ter­day to pay homage to their 15 com­rades killed in Afghanista­n A GAR­RI­SON town fell si­lent yes­ter­day in trib­ute to 15 Bri­tish sol­diers killed fight­ing in Afghanista­n.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents wear­ing pop­pies lined the streets and he­li­copters per­formed a fly­past as 600 mem­bers of the 2nd Bat­tal­ion Para­chute Reg­i­ment pa­raded through Colch­ester in Es­sex for a memo­rial ser­vice.

The bat­tal­ion re­cently re­turned from a six-month tour of duty in Hel­mand prov­ince where it was in­volved in some of the coun­try’s fiercest fight­ing. Nine para­troop­ers died, plus a fur­ther six sol­diers who were linked to, or worked with, the bat­tal­ion.

The bat­tal­ion com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Colonel Joe O’Sul­li­van, said: “This was the very hard­est sol­dier­ing, which the bat­tal­ion had not seen for 26 years, with no place for the faint-hearted.”

The names of all 15 were read out. A lone bag­piper played The Last Post and while rel­a­tives of the de­ceased qui­etly sobbed, mem­bers of the reg­i­ment read pas­sages from the Bi­ble.

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