Duke of York to award medals to Catterick Garrison soldiers

2 Yorks soldiers at Richmond Castle last yer for a blessing prior to deployment. Photographer: Sgt Jamie Peters RLC / MoD Crown

Nearly 400 soldiers from Catterick Garrison are to be awarded operational medals this week at a special presentation at Richmond Castle.

The soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment based at Somme Barracks have taken part in two four-month operational tours on Operation Toral 5 – the first time they have deployed as a regiment to Afghanistan since 2012.

Their last deployment was to Iraq in 2014.

His Royal Highness the Duke of York will attend the parade on Tuesday as the Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief.

Lieutenant Colonel Sam Humphris, Commanding Officer, said of his soldiers: “They absolutely set the standard in Kabul, both in their day-to-day business of protecting the high tempo ‘train, advise and assist’ mission; but also whenever they have been required to respond to attacks or conduct deliberate operations.

“As a result we have saved many lives and made safe many others and those tallies are but two of the Battalion’s impressive legacies to the mission.

“It has been my greatest privilege to serve with them on operations and to share their many successes. They have been magnificent.”