Army

Happy Homecoming: 1 YORKS Parade Upon Return From Estonia

They were in Estonia as part of a NATO presence in a bid to deter Russian aggression.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS) have recently returned from an eight-month tour of Estonia.

In a homecoming parade at their base in Warminster, family and friends turned out to welcome them home.

It has been a busy eight months for the 800 soldiers from 1 YORKS, working alongside Estonian and Danish troops.

They were in Estonia as part of a NATO presence in a bid to deter Russian aggression, carrying out both low-level training and large-scale manoeuvres across the country's complex terrain.

The harsh winter climate provided a unique opportunity for the 1 YORKS soldiers to experience Arctic Warfare training - a first for much of the Regiment.

The regiment will stay in Warminster until next summer.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom Miller, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: "The majority of what we do in the UK is very much temperate deployments.

"Being put into Arctic conditions, using vehicles, not touching metal because it is so cold that it will take your skin, it is quite precise.

"But the guys have really enjoyed it - everything from the ice dip for our arctic training through to walking and operating in three to four feet of snow."

 

Family and friends turned out to welcome 1 YORKS home.

Speaking to Forces News on their homecoming, Lance Corporal Joshua Taberer-Simmonds said: "[It was] Hard. Like being much much more careful than we usually are. 

"We had a lot of vehicles almost tip over and slide off the roads themselves and get bogged in. So yeah, it was pretty hard.

"But it was good. Made a lot of good mates, had a lot of good experiences."

1 YORKS will stay in Warminster until next summer when, after 15 years, they will move back to what will be for many of them their original home in Yorkshire.