Whilst based in Estonia, 1 Mercian Regiment took part in numerous exercises further cementing relations with its NATO partners. Lieutenant Colonel Dean Canham, Commanding Officer 1 Mercian reflects on the deployment:
It was a fantastic opportunity, we got to conduct something that is
pretty rare, six months working with soldiers from a range of units and
nationalities, conducting everything from the lowest level of training
right up to Brigade level of operations in an armoured context.
And he adds, the occasion also gave the regiment a time to reflect: "As it is close to Remembrance day we have taken the opportunity to read out the names of all the Mercian soldiers who have fallen since the formation of the regiment. This time of year, it is particularly poignant having just returned from operations to remember those individuals."
WO2 Mark Sumner from Litchfield has been serving for over 19 years. He thought it an appropriate occasion to combine the homecoming parade and pause to remember others:
"We lost quite a few guys from the three battalions that have since merged into the one. It is nice to stop for a minute, hear their names called out and remember. You don't forget about them."