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New colours for army's Staffords
Phillip Hewett, Leon Spicer and Richard Shearer (l-r)
Three regiment soldiers were killed in Iraq last year
New colours have been presented to the Staffordshire Regiment by the Duke of York, its Colonel-in-Chief.

The colours bear the battle honours of the regiment, which served in Iraq last year, and are changed every 25 years.

They were last presented to the battalion in 1983 by Arthur Bryant, the then Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

The ceremony, including a full parade, took place on Friday morning at the regimental headquarters at Whittington Barracks in Lichfield.

Former members including those from the South Staffordshire Regiment, the North Staffordshire Regiment and the Staffordshire Regiment are expected to attend.

Following, its six-month tour of Iraq from April to October last year the regiment were voted by BBC Midlands Today viewers as Midlander of the Year. Three soldiers from the regiment died during the tour.

On 16 July 2005 Second Lieutenant Richard Shearer, from Coventry, and Private Leon Spicer and Private Phillip Hewett, both from Tamworth, were killed when an explosion hit a patrol of three armoured Land Rovers in Al Amarah.

The infantry regiment, which is currently based in Wiltshire, recruits in Staffordshire and the Black Country and is known as the Staffords.


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