Following on from our earlier post showing the names of the fallen being engraved into the Memorial Wall, HM Queen Elizabeth II will today be visiting both Lichfield Cathedral and The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

The Queen is to present medals to soldiers from the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry in Staffordshire.

She is visiting Lichfield Cathedral for the regiment’s homecoming parade and thanksgiving service before going to the National Memorial Arboretum.

The arboretum is holding its annual service of commemoration for those killed on duty in the previous year.

An arboretum spokesman said the 112 deaths in 2010 represented one of the largest tolls of the last 20 years.

The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry is the armoured regiment for the West Midlands and north west of England, with four squadrons based in Dudley, Telford, Chester and Wigan.

These are A Squadron (Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry), B Squadron (The Shropshire Yeomanry), C Squadron (The Cheshire Yeomanry) and D Squadron (The Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry).

The ceremony at Lichfield Cathedral is to recognise the contribution of the Territorial Army regiment who spent five months in Helmand, Afghanistan.

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