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HONOUR FOR REGIMENT AFTER TOUR OF DUTY.

MORE than 500 soldiers marched through Redcar in a sombre homecoming as they remembered two regiment members lost on their tour of Afghanistan.

The 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) have returned from a six-month tour during which Sergeant Lee Johnson, 33, and Corporal Damian Lawrence, 25, were killed in separate incidents by explosive devices.

Corporal Emma McDonald said losing a colleague was the hardest part of the job.

"It is very, very hard. You don't know how you are going to react until it happens to you.

"Knowing that a female's been killed, it is quite difficult and I think the lads will struggle dealing with that out there."

The regiment was receiving the Freedom of Redcar and Cleveland in honour of the bravery and courage of its soldiers. The scroll of honour was officially transferred to the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment by Mayor Mike Findley after being originally bestowed upon its predecessor, The Green Howards in 1958.

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HONOURED Soldiers from The 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment parade through the streets of Redcar.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2008
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