Soldiers set to walk through Gwent in memorial march
A TEAM of five soldiers is preparing to walk through Gwent next month as part of a nationwide march in honour of all the British lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
The March For Honour will see four teams of serving and ex-servicemen from the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force speed-march a mile for each of the 519 military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last nine years.
Soldiers who will be remembered as part of the UK-wide event include Abergavenny soldier Private Richard Hunt, Private James Prosser from Cwmbran, Private Kyle Adams from Croesyceiliog, Sergeant Andrew Jones from Newport and Rifleman Jamie Gunn from Monmouth.
All five were killed while serving in Afghanistan.
The four March For Honour teams will start their challenge on November 4 in different locations across the UK, before uniting in Wootton Bassett for a joint march into London on November 11.
There they will deliver a book of remembrance to the Royal Albert Hall for The Royal British Legion’s National Festival of Remembrance.
Each team will march in their military uniforms, carry a pack of equipment weighing 40lbs, and cover up to 30 miles a day.
The Army team will travel through Gwent as part of their march on November 4 and 5.
The team, consisting of five serving soldiers currently stationed at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth with 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, will start their journey by marching from Cardiff to Newport on November 4.
On November 5 they will march from Newport along the A48 to at Magor, along the Caldicot by pass and on to Bristol.
It is hoped the March For Honour will raise £1 million for the Royal British Legion.
For more information visit www.march4honour.com