British troops received a “bittersweet” welcome from their families as they returned to the UK from a tour of Afghanistan yesterday.
The Royal Marines, from 40 Commando, who faced some of the bloodiest fighting in Afghanistan, were greeted by family and friends at their home base in Norton Manor Camp Barracks, Taunton, Somerset.
Partners, parents and children cheered with balloons and banners in the air as the coaches pulled into the camp.
Four-year-old Kian Marsden wore a Help For Heroes T-shirt that said “My daddy, My hero”.
Among the anticipation and excitement thoughts turned to the 14 men that lost their lives and 11 seriously injured during their six-month tour.
Major Duncan Forbes said: “Their sacrifice was not made in vain; they did an amazing job every day showing bravery and leadership, which is humbling for us as their leaders to look to.
“It's a sad day for those families who have not got their husbands coming back.”