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2 SCOTS honoured in Glencorse Barracks medal ceremony

The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) (Pic: Morag Kinniburgh)
Image caption About 200 soldiers received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Members of a battalion who have recently completed a six-month tour in Afghanistan have received medals from the Duke of York in Midlothian.

About 200 soldiers from Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

It is awarded to those who served for the first time in the country.

The battalion then took part in a homecoming parade through Penicuik.

The Duke of York was at the special ceremony at Glencorse Barracks.

At a private ceremony, the duke also presented 10 members of the battalion with long service, good conduct medals and the accumulated campaign service medal in Penicuik town hall after the homecoming parade.

The medals are awarded to soldiers who have completed more than 15 years' unblemished service.

Last month the final members of the battalion returned to the UK.

They had carried out patrols, operations and fought insurgents in the Lashkar Gah region of Helmand province.

About 500 members of the battalion also helped to provide security in the area as well as training the Afghan National Security Forces.

Their positions have been taken over by The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS).

No members of the battalion were killed during the six-month tour.

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