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33 Field Hospital honoured for service in Afghanistan
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- 33 Field Hospital Honoured For Service In Afghanistan
- Presented with medals at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport.
- WIll later march through the town
The soldiers were given a heroes welcome by the proud citizens of Gosport.
Troops from 33 Field Hospital led by a band marched from the Timespace along the seafront to the High Street where the crowds awaited them.
Spontaneous applause filled the air as the troops passed by and headed up the High Street where Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan took the salute.
Lt Corp Chris King, who took part in today's parade.
Lance Corporal Chris King, 30, of Aldershot, was on his first deployment to Afghanistan and normally works at Frimley Park Hospital.
He said: "We've been out for a bit of time so it was a nice climax to the end of our tour.
"It's really good, it proves that the public are behind us and supporting us.
"It gives us pride and makes us work harder."
Wife Karina, 30, said: "I'm very proud of him - everyone was clapping and it made me smile inside."
Residents took part in a solemn ceremony of thanksgiving for the troops safe return at the Timespace.
Prayers were given and traditional music played including I Vow to Thee My Country and the national anthem.
Speeches were given by the Mayor of Gosport and Commanding Officer lt col Steve Archer.
Troops then posed for a commemorative photograph.
Crowds gather on High Street in Gosport.
Welcome home 33 field hospital #Gosport http://t.co/efAvIdICh8— @Safergosport 30 October 2013
Troops march out of Timespace for parade through Gosport High St
Anna Hughes, 35, from Northampton but originally from Gosport, watched the troops on their way to the Timespace service with husband Joe and children Finn, 9, Vernon, 7, Isla, 6, and Austin, 4.
She said: "Afghanistan is so remote and you see it on television and to watch these men and women walk past was an important lesson for them.
"They do a fantastic job and we should be really grateful to them.
"I explained to the children they patch up wounded soldiers in the field which is so important -sometimes that's the difference between life and death."
Troops arriving at the Timespace in Gosport for a service of thanksgiving for their safe return.
Hundreds of members of the public and families have gathered to watch.
Afterwards they will head on a parade through the streets of Gosport where Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire will take their salute.
Sarah and husband Stephen Duncan-Brown, from Lee on Solent stopped with granddaughter to watch parade over bridge out of Fort Blockhouse.
Sarah Duncan-Brown, had stopped on the bridge with husband Stephen and granddaughter Zoe, 7, on their way to the Submarine Museum.
Sarah, from Lee on Solent, said: "We're not military at all.
"We thought we should show her these people coming back.
"They are doing a wonderful job."
The troops of 33 Field Hospital are getting ready to parade in Gosport; back safe from Afghanistan. See them parade in the town at 1130— @PCFionaFranklin 30 October 2013
Congratulations to 33 Field Hospital Regiment on your home coming http://t.co/ZqDRJo02Si— @HantspolMarine 30 October 2013
Operational service medal troops received on first tour
Shortly, we will have some video clips of this morning's ceremony live on the site.
Later today, they will march through Gosport town centre.
Dressed in military uniform, they paraded in front of their families and the Mayor of Gosport then were presented with their medals by Brigadier Hugh Williamson and Major General Tim Radford.
They include doctors, nurses, surgeons, theatre staff and administrative staff all needed to run the hospital.
Members of Hampshire-based 33 Field Hospital received their operational service medals for the six months they spent in Afghanistan in a ceremony at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport.
The 33 Field Hospital manned Role 3 in Camp Bastion, the medical frontline where soldiers injured in combat are treated.
ARMY MEDICS and staff are being honoured this morning for their service.
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