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North Devon Commandos 'Thank Their City And Their Loved Ones'

Commando Logistic Regiment

27th Apr 2009

Commando Logistic Regiment

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Around 600 personnel from the North Devon based Commando Logistic Regiment (CLR) and its various attachments parade through Barnstable on Friday 24th April to mark their return from their 6 month tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan and to thank their tight-knit local community for all their support whilst the regiment has been away. Then they return to their barracks in nearby Chivenor to receive their medals in the presence of The Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, Vice Admiral Alan Massey CBE ADC.
 
The Commanding Officer, Colonel Andy Maynard, Royal Marines, said:

Everyone in the Commando Logistic Regiment is delighted to be home at last, reunited with their loved ones and returning to their UK lives after the huge efforts and remarkable achievements of a momentous tour.  Mindful of what the tour has achieved, but also the price we have paid, the parade  is our chance to celebrate our successes and remember those who were a key part of our accomplishments and whom are no longer with us. The parade gives us the opportunity to thank the local community, the people of North Devon, our families and our friends for the incredible support they have shown us throughout our journey which draws to a close on 24 April.”

Poignantly there will be two empty spaces left on the parade ground.  One for Corporal Rob Deering and one for Marine Damian Davies, two Royal Marines from CLR who were killed whilst on front line operations in Helmand Province. 

Lieutenant Andy Cheal, spokesman for the Regiment, said:

It is so important for everyone - family, friends, colleagues and even people who didn’t know our fallen comrades – to really understand that Rob and Damo will never be forgotten.  This parade is as much about honouring them as everyone else.”

The men and women of 3 Cdo Brigade who have worked and fought so hard in Afghanistan have been overwhelmed by the groundswell in public support and the pride people are showing in their armed forces. 

The Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Jeremy Phillips, said: “This is going to be a wonderful event, and I hope that as many people as possible will turn out to welcome the troops home.  It is our opportunity to say welcome back and also to remember those who, sadly, did not return”.


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