Devon soldiers' families receive Elizabeth Cross

Serjeant Chris Reed (Pic: MoD) and Rifleman Mark Marshall (Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police)
Image caption Sjt Reed and Rifleman Marshall were members of 6th Battalion The Rifles

The families of two Territorial Army soldiers from Devon who were killed in Afghanistan have received the Elizabeth Cross in recognition of their loss.

The Duke of Gloucester presented the awards to relatives of Serjeant Chris Reed, 25, from Plymouth, and Rifleman Mark Marshall, 29, from Exeter.

The ceremony on Dartmoor commemorated the lives of both men who were part of 6th Battalion The Rifles.

Sjt Reed died in January 2009. Rifleman Marshall was killed last February.

'Always our hero'

Sjt Reed, who in his civilian career worked on building luxury super-yachts, was killed on routine patrol in Helmand province on 1 January 2009.

After the presentation, Sjt Reed's father, Brian, said: "He touched the hearts of everyone who knew him.

"He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He would always see the good in people and would always put other people first.

"He will always be our hero."

Rifleman Marshall, a police community support officer, was killed by a roadside bomb north-east of Sangin on 14 February 2010.

Lt Col Tim House, commanding officer of 6th Battalion, said the men's families would be supported for "as long as is necessary".

He said: "When a soldier joins the Rifles regiment, he joins a regimental family.

"In tragic circumstances like this, we will continue to honour that commitment.

"They are part of our regimental family now, and will always remain so."

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