A quiet parade square in front of the Officers’ Mess, Kendrew Barracks, was the setting for the B (Leicestershire) Company Group Medals parade on return from Op NEWCOMBE 1, Mali. The Company
was presented to Major Frank Atkins by B Company Second-In-Command, Capt Alex Langley.
The soldiers were presented their medals in a dignified manner befitting the quietly competent style that B Company has always adopted. The lack of family and friends due to COVID-19 did not dampen any of the soldier’s spirits, on what was a long-awaited day.
All those in B Company held themselves in high regard and radiated pride whilst on the square. Having been presented their medals and marched off, B Company was met by Capt Roy Cousin who presented each soldier with a bespoke bottle of Poachers Ale, featuring a small homage to the tour. A small gift that carried a great weight for all those who received a bottle.