Army

Royal Regiment Of Fusiliers Honours Op Herrick Fallen On 'Afghanistan Day'

A service was held at a London church which houses the Fusiliers' chapel.

A remembrance service has been held in London to honour those who died while serving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Afghanistan.

The Fusiliers lost eight men during Operation Herrick, and have held their first 'Afghanistan Day' to pay respects to their fallen comrades.

They will now be remembered with a service on this day every year.

Since the 1600s, the regiment has been taking part in notable battles and operations.

Major General Paul Nanson CBE, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: "We remember battle honours from way back, we remember things like the Battle of Normandy - two years after World War Two we started celebrating that famous battle.

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The service was held inside a London church which houses the Fusiliers' chapel.

"We've been fighting in Afghanistan for a number of years and I thought it was time we started to remember what the present-day regiment has done.

"We've not only Afghanistan, we have an Iraq day as well to remember our service out in the Middle East so it's important, particularly for the present regiment, that we celebrate and remember."

Josh Newman was 12 when his father, Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman, was killed in Afghanistan in 2007.

He said: "I think it's really nice to have the opportunity to come together and commemorate, something that's important to all of us in different ways, and not only have the chance to remember people that we've loved and we've lost, but also as a reminder of the weight of war."

Following the service, historic Royal Fusilier colours that were carried in Afghanistan in 1880 were formally buried in the garden of remembrance.