Suffolk: Mother of soldier killed in Afghanistan sends message of support to Territorial Army as they prepare for tour of duty

Friends and family bid an emotional farewell to the TA soldiers from Ipswich, who have set off for A

Friends and family bid an emotional farewell to the TA soldiers from Ipswich, who have set off for Afghanistan. For the next three months they will be doing training in Germany before going to Afghanistan in August. - Credit: Archant

There has been a wave of support today as soldiers from Ipswich prepare for a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Twelve soldiers from 202 (Ipswich Squadron), part of 158 Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) left their Ipswich base yesterday ahead of their deployment to the war-torn country.

Messages have been posted on our Facebook page this afternoon, wishing the soldiers the best of luck as they set off on their mission.

And among those to leave a message of goodwill, was Lorraine McClure, whose son Aaron, nicknamed Troy, was killed in August 2007.

She wrote: “Wishing them a safe and fast tour x.”


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Barry Hart said: “I’ve heard some people say ‘they signed up and are doing their job’. I don’t agree and simply say a big thank you to all our serving armed forces.”

Meanwhile, Mavis Jeremiah simply added: “Good luck guys.”

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And Kezz Tilley said: “Our brave men x.”

Adding her thoughts, Laura Alison Holland said: “Utmost respect to you all x.”

While Richard Morgan, capturing the sentiments of so many, posted to say: “Part time soldiers, full time heroes. Keep yer (sic) heads down lads.”

And Darren Walters added: “Hope you have a safe deployment and come back to your loved ones fully fit both physically and mentally. Upmost respect for you guys.”

Colin Bell and Paula Bell both said to “stay safe”.

Someone who knows only too well the horrors they may face, is Emma Lewis, who said: “Thinking of my cousin Jamie who is out there now stay safe guys.”

Sending a more personal message to one of those heading out, Ricky Denton said: “Stay safe, get ya a beer when ya back home Skittle!”

Ria Donna Biss added: “Good luck to nephew Alex, keep safe.”

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