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Royal Welcome Home for Infantry Heroes


12:01am 17th May 2012
(Updated 5:26pm 17th May 2012)

His Royal Highness, The Duke of York will present Operational Service medals in York today (Thursday 17th May 2012) to infantry reservists who have returned home from Afghanistan.

The 31 men and women of 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) will march onto the Knavesmire Racecourse at midday in front of proud family, friends and race goers to receive their Operational Service medals from their  Colonel-in-Chief.

The Territorial Army soldiers served a six-month tour of duty on Operation HERRICK 15, providing support to 20 Armoured Brigade in Helmand Province.

Sadly, one of the soldiers, 28 year old Private Matthew Thornton from Barnsley was killed on operations on Wednesday 9th November 2011. His family will be awarded the Elizabeth Cross from HRH Duke of York in a private ceremony.

4 YORKS Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ian Crowley said:

"Thursday will be a very special day for 4 YORKS as we recognise those who have served with such distinction on operations in Afghanistan. They all upheld the very finest traditions of volunteer service and I am extremely proud of the contribution they have made to the security in Afghanistan and the development of the Afghan security forces.
"It is also a day when we recognise the sacrifice made by Private Matthew Thornton who was killed in action in November. We are honoured that Matthew's family will be with us and will be receiving the Elizabeth Cross from our Colonel in Chief, His Royal Highness the Duke of York."
4 YORKS headquarters is Worsley Barracks in York and it has companies in York, Hull, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield and Barnsley.

Pictured: 4 Yorks.

Knavesmire 2

Knavesmire 1

4 Mech Bde-Knavesmire 3

4 Mech Bde-Knavesmire 4

4 Mech Bde-Knavesmire 2

4 Mech Bde-Solider 1

4 Mech Bde-Soldier 2

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