There were emotional scenes at an army barracks when soldiers returning from Afghanistan were reunited with their loved ones.
The final group of soldiers from 104 Military Working Dog Squadron returned home to St George’s Barracks, in North Luffenham, on Monday following their seven-month deployment as part of 1 Mechanised Brigade in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Waiting for the return of her husband, L/Cpl Alex Day, was Susan Day, with her 14-week-old daughter Ashleigh.
Susan said: “He came back for the birth but she was just four days old when he had to go back.
“It will be nice now we can share the burden together.”
“We have had regular contact on Skype and Facetime so he could see Ashleigh but it’s not the same.”
L/Cpl Day said: “Everyone has wanted to get home but I have been very eager.”
Another new father was Sgt Damo Heartfield who said: “It is absolutely amazing to be back.
“My daughter Wenna was just three weeks old when I left.
“I am looking forward to getting to know her a bit better.”
In Afghanistan the soldiers work with highly trained dogs to carry out patrols at the British bases, search vehicles at check points and go out on patrols on the front line.