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Army's largest brigade holds service of thanks

Soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army's largest, have held a service giving thanks for their return from Afghanistan and remembering those who did not return.

Relatives of the 22 soldiers killed during the six-month deployment were also present at the service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

With some 8,000 soldiers, the 16 Air Assault Brigade is the Army's largest brigade, bringing together airborne infantry, artillery, engineers, signallers, medics and logisticians.

Padre Andrew Totten, the brigade's senior chaplain, said the service gave them the chance to come together and mark the achievements and losses of the campaign.

  • 08 Jun 2011
  • From the section UK