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Remembering casualties of war.

A SPECIAL service to remember the dead and the injured from a Midland infantry battalion which lost nine men and suffered 20 serious injuries during their tour of duty in Afghanistan was held in Westminster Abbey.

Nine memorial candles were carried by men of the 2nd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, (Worcesters and Foresters) from the Grave of the Unknown Warrior to the High Altar of Westminster Abbey to symbolise the dead during the ceremony.

The service also heard readings, hymns and the sounding of the Last Post, as well as prayers both for the dead and injured, their bereaved families and for the work of the wider Armed Forces.

The battalion took part in heavy fighting during their six-month tour in Helmand Province from March to October this year.

The battalion, formerly known as 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot) has already been greeted by thousands after they paraded through their home cities of Nottingham, Derby and Worcester to mark their return from Afghanistan.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 11, 2007
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