HEROIC Ellesmere Port-based Territorial Army soldiers have been honoured for their three-month tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan.
Five members of B Squadron of 208 Field Ambulance, based in Stanney Lane, each received a medal during a special ceremony at Altcar Training Camp, near Formby, on Sunday.
A total of nine soldiers from Ellesmere Port were among 85 from across the region who flew out in July 2007 to care for troops wounded in the battle zone.
The four who could not make Sunday’s ceremony will be presented with their medals at a later date.
The medics were based at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province as part of Operation Herrick, swapping their day jobs in hospitals, clinics and surgeries for a tented hospital in the Afghan desert.
During the tour they were praised for treating 57 civilians who were injured by a suicide bomber in an indiscriminate attack in southern Gereshk which killed 26 people.
They worked alongside Afghan security forces to provide immediate assistance following the attack which was one of the biggest to ever hit the area.
Ellesmere Port-based Major Steve Gallacher, who works at Bangor Hospital and was the head of the A&E department at Camp Bastion, described the tour as an “eye-opening experience”.
He received his medal on Sunday along with Captain Joan Welsh from Whitby, who is a senior theatre sister at Clatterbridge Hospital, and Arrowe Park Hospital consultant John Chambers of Neston.
Lieutenant Anne Taylor, a nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital, and Captain Richard Blase were also honoured.
In conjunction with the Veterans’ Day celebrations on Friday, June 27, and to mark the 100th year of the Territorial Army being established, the Ellesmere Port centre has organised an open day at its headquarters.