Brave soldiers honoured with service medals

Presentation of medals to soldiers at Alnwick Castle.
Presentation of medals to soldiers at Alnwick Castle.
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Brave soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (5 RRF) were presented with Operational Service Medals at a special ceremony.

A total of 25 troops from the North East, including Colour Sergeant Richard Redpath, from Alnwick, received the accolades from Lord James Percy, Honorary Colonel of 5 RRF, on Saturday.

The soldiers served in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick, as part of Fusiliers Battle Group, from October 2012 to March this year.

The 5 RRF is part of the Army Reserve and for some of the troops, the operation would have been their second or third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Lord James paid tribute to their courage and was delighted to present the medals to them.

He said: “The Fusiliers and Riflemen who deploy to Afghanistan and work in high temperatures, the dust, carry half their bodyweight in kit and everyday risk stepping on an improvised explosive device or getting shot, or worse captured, deserve our utmost gratitude.

“Words can’t describe how brave they have been or what they have done for us and our country. We owe them so much thanks.”

The event was at Alnwick Castle’s Guest Hall. Soldiers honoured included Fusilier Thomas Speight of Morpeth.