Duke of York awards Elizabeth Cross to soldiers killed in Afghanistan
The Duke of York and thousands of well-wishers braved stormy weather on Saturday to honour troops who served in Afghanistan and remember those who did not make it home.
In his role as Colonel-in-Chief of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (1 R Irish), the Duke presented soldiers who took part in Operation Herrick 13 in Afghanistan with a campaign medal at the parade.
He also gave the posthumous Elizabeth Cross award medals to the families of Lance Corporal Stephen McKee, Ranger David Dalzell and Ranger Aaron McCormick, who were all killed in action.
Ranger McCormick, 22, from Coleraine in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was killed in Helmand on November 14 last year. He had been helping to clear an area of improvised explosive devices during a security patrol in Nad ‘Ali when he was killed in an explosion.
L/Cpl McKee, 27, from Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland died on March 9 when, during an operation to disrupt insurgent activity in the northern Dashte area of Nad ‘Ali district, his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.
Ranger Dalzell, 20, from Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland, was killed on February 4 2011 as a result of an operational accident while working at Checkpoint Ranger in Nad ‘Ali.
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