Town’s tribute to fallen heroes
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.