3 YORKS receive Afghan medals
A History and Honour news article
12 Jul 10
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) received their Op HERRICK medals on Friday 9 July 2010 in recognition of the part they have played in Afghanistan over the last year.
The 222 personnel from 3 YORKS, based in Warminster, were deployed in a variety of roles between July 2009 and April 2010.
The medals were presented by His Grace The Duke of Wellington at Battlesbury Barracks, watched by colleagues, family and friends.
The parade also recognised the ultimate sacrifice made by some of the soldiers on this tour of duty.
Private Johnathon Young was killed in action in Afghanistan on 20 August 2009, while Corporal Liam Riley and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw were both killed by improvised explosive devices on the same patrol on 1 February 2010.
The parade marked the end of a year-long commitment to operations by the battalion:
"The contribution made by the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment this past year to reinforce the battle groups in Helmand has been immense," said Lieutenant Colonel Tom Vallings, the Commanding Officer of 3 YORKS.