FAMILIES of 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh are settling into newly-refurbished living quarters in Chester’s Dale Barracks where they will be based for the next 10 years.
About 500 soldiers and their loved ones have just flown in from Cyprus where the light infantry battalion has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands over the last two years.
Families have moved into married quarters which have been renovated as part of a £10m project involving the installation of new kitchens, bathrooms, roofing, insulation, rewiring and re-plastering at 175 properties.
The announcement comes after Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, expressed criticism of the government’s inadequate treatment of our Armed forces.
Major Adam Clarke, 36, one of the company commanders, told the assembled Press that modernised homes contributed towards a better home life. He said: “In my experience if you have a happy family then invariably you have a happy soldier.”
Full story in Friday’s Chester Chronicle