Soldiers returned from Afghanistan and were greeted by their excited loved ones at the gates of Mons Barracks
A hero's welcome was given to soldiers in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards as they returned from Afghanistan to be reunited with loved ones at their Aldershot barracks.
The 111 soldiers were returning from their six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province where they were tasked with disrupting insurgent forces and preparing Afghan soldiers to take full control of operations in the country.
Teary-eyed family members welcomed them back on October 11 and pipes played as they were escorted through the gates at Mons Barracks and stepped off the coaches into the familiar British rain.
The soldiers were flown home by the Royal Air Force via Cyprus to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
As she waited for husband Sergeant Ryan Orr, 27, to return, Sarah, 25, said she was excited that children Stephen, five, and Kallum, one, would be able to see their father again.
She said the knowledge that loved ones were away fighting for their country was difficult at times for those left at home, but that the reunion events were a positive idea.
"It's worrying but you've just got to grin and bear it," she said. "You have to or you'd go a bit mad really. It's good knowing that he won't be going back.
"This is the first time I've actually met him off the bus as I only recently moved to Aldershot. Kallum was only five months old when he left and, being older, Stephen is properly excited."
Guardsman Aiden Traves, 19, was reunited with wife Lucy, 19, and his daughter Lily-Mae, who was just two months old when he left for Afghanistan.
He described returning as 'amazing' and said there were so many things he wanted to do now he was home.
The soldiers will now return to training in Aldershot until October 25 at which point they will be granted five weeks of leave.
For more on this week's story, see this week's Aldershot News & Mail, out on Thursday October 17.