A battalion of soldiers has returned to the UK after a six-month tour of Iraq which saw three of their company killed.
The 1st Battalion of the Staffordshire Regiment arrived back at Mooltan Barracks, in Tidworth, Wiltshire, for a tearful reunion with their families and loved ones.
Second Lieutenant Richard Shearer, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and privates Leon Spicer and Phillip Hewitt, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, were all killed when their armoured Land Rover was blown up by a roadside bomb in Al Amarah, on July 16.
Two other soldiers who were attached to the regiment from other units were also killed by roadside bombs during the Staffordshires tour of duty.
Coldstream Guardsman Anthony Wakefield was killed on May 2 and Lance Corporal Alan Brackenbury, of the King Royal Hussars, was killed on May 29.
The soldiers have been training and working with the Iraqi army, police and the border enforcement department so that security forces can acquire the skills to police their own country.
Part of their role was also to arrest terrorists in the southern region of Maysaan to reduce attacks on military and civilians.
The battalion was also involved in reconstructing services such as water, electricity, sanitation and infrastructure, and encouraging economic development.
The return comes in the wake of yesterday's arrival of the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards at its base in Aldershot.
A company of soldiers from the Staffordshires was serving with the Coldstream Guards when a riot broke out after two soldiers were rescued in Basra.