Trooper Ian Baird remembers lost friends
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Life with the Lancers: Losing friends

Between December 2009 and 2010, BBC News followed the progress of four soldiers from the Queen's Royal Lancers from basic training to deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Filmed by the soldiers themselves and army camera crews, as well as by the BBC, the footage captured everything from the shock of coming under fire to coping with harsh conditions.

Trooper Ian Baird and his family are reunited on his return to the UK - but they have all shared the pain of losing friends in conflict.

  • 16 Dec 2010