SOLDIERS from the former Stafford’s Regiment have been given a boost as they complete their final tour of duty.
Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy praised the work of 3 Mercian, the Staffords, during a parliamentary debate on Afghanistan.
Addressing the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, he said: “Will my Right Honourable Friend join me in praising the work of 3 Mercian, the Staffords, as it carries out its final operational tour. It has given unstinting and costly service over many years of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Mr Hammond said: “I am very happy to join my Honourable Friend in praising the unstinting work that 3 Mercian has done. I can remember, long before I came into this job, listening to those reports on our televisions every night and thinking that the Mercian Regiment seemed to suffer a disproportionate number of casualties. It has given a great deal to this campaign, and the nation will remain profoundly grateful to it.”