Eighteen soldiers from A Squadron (RWY) Royal Yeomanry received Diamond Queen Jubilee Medals on 19 July for their Territorial Army services.
The new medal, given to members of the armed services who have served five years or more in the regular or reserves, was awarded by Brigadier Brookes-Ward LVO OBE TD, who is the Deputy Commander of 3 Div. He was accompanied by the Hon Col of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Col James Arkell.
Sixteen of the 18 soldiers have been on operational service in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Cyprus and all returned safely from tour. A Squadron currently have one officer on deployment in Afghanistan with 12 planning to mobilise in November this year. The Squadron has the strength of 86 soldiers and officers, most of whom were on parade for the presentation. Twelve soldiers working on Op Olympic in London were not be able to attend.
A (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron has grown significantly over the last few years and the numbers signing up to be in Yeomanry at Swindon have more than quadrupled.
They are always looking for new members to join the squadron. To find out more contact the Swindon TA Centre on 01793 523865.
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