"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Today, 1pm, Mitcham Road, Croydon

*2nd Battalion The Rifles Homecoming Parade*
They will mark their return from a six-month tour of duty where they sustained heavy casualties, by parading through the town before a civic reception is held in their honour.
The battalion was deployed to Afghanistan in April and its soldiers have been engaged in close quarters combat with the Taliban in Helmand Valley, where they have seen some of the fiercest fighting.
As a battalion, 2 Rifles have lost 13 of their men on operations. As a battle group, which includes supporting arms and services, the 2 Rifles Battle Group has lost 23 soldiers. 
The Battle Group as a whole also had a high injury rate with severe injuries and loss of limbs, sight and other lasting damage - all of which will require life-long support and aftercare from regimental and other benevolence funds.
The Band and Bugles of The Rifles will hold a short concert in North End before the parade commences.
At 1pm soldiers from the battalion will march from the TA barracks in Mitcham Road, through the North End shopping area to the town hall in Katharine Street.
Once there they will be inspected by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Margaret Mead.
The soldiers will then march to nearby Fairfield Halls in Park Lane for a reception hosted by the Mayor.
"Swift & Bold"

The Rifles Battalion, of which 2 Rifles is part, was formed in 2007 by the amalgamation of the four Light Infantry and Rifle Regiments of the Light Division: The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry; The Light Infantry; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry and The Royal Green Jackets.


  1. Bob MarshallOctober 29, 2009

    Well done and welcome home. Our debt to you all is incalculable. Rest, relax, be with your loved ones - and God bless you all.

  2. Seconded. There'll be a lot of very happy families this week and the whole country will breathe a sigh of relief when they're all home safely from Afghanistan.


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