6 Close Support Battalion R.E.M.E comes marching home.

on 10 February 2014.

Marching through their adopted home town of Hungerford, the 250 soldiers of 6 Close Support Battalion REME, led by Lt General Stefan Crossfield, are welcome back from their arduous and challenging tour in Afghanistan.

Hungerford welcomes 6 Close Support Batallion R.E.M.E

Home-coming starts here – 6 Close Support Battalion R.E.M.E troops gather at the Hungerford War Memorial

Along roads closed especially for this celebratory occasion, the troops marched from the War Memorial, down Bulpit Lane, along Priory Road, into the High Street where a salute was taken outside the Town Hall. It ended in the town’s ‘library’ car park with a grand back-drop of their 30 tonne trucks and cheering onlookers.

Hungerford welcomes 6 Close Support Batallion R.E.M.E

The salute at Hungerford’s Town Hall

Former Chief of General Staff and one of the country’s foremost soldiers General Sir Mike Jackson GCB, CBE, DSO, DL formally welcomed the troops and congratulated them on their brave an successful service whilst deployed in Afghanistan.

Hungerford welcomes 6 Close Support Batallion R.E.M.E

General Sir Mike Jackson GCB, CBE, DSO, DL formally congratulates the troops

On behalf of their regimental ‘home town’, it was Mayor Martin Crane OBE who welcomed the returning troops whilst, for the regiment he leads, Lt gen Stefan Crossfield accepted a scroll of honour created by pupils from John O’Gaunt School.

Hungerford welcomes 6 Close Support Batallion R.E.M.E

Mayor Martin Crane OBE, on behalf of Hungerford, welcomes 6 Close Support Battalion to their new home

Mayor Martin Crane told Hungerford Townsite: “We are lucky to be able to have the 6th Close Support Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers home-coming march here in Hungerford, the town they have chosen to adopt. So Hungerford is, I hope, somewhere that the Battalion can enjoy and, especially, be somewhere for the soldiers’ spouses and families to come to when the Battalion is deployed away from home.”

Hungerford welcomes 6 Close Support Batallion R.E.M.E

Lt gen Stefan Crossfield accepts a scroll of honour created by pupils from John O’Gaunt School

View the day in pictures here

Photographs by Amelia Laker

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