St John’s on-the-Hill School children visited Beachley Barracks, near Chepstow, to support the 1 RIFLES Homecoming Parade on Friday 20th January.

The children waved flags and cheered on the troops as they paraded and were presented with awards for their outstanding work in Iraq. The Battalion has been deployed in Iraq since August 2015, where they have been training the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces to fight and defeat the Da’esh.

Ruth Frett, Head of St John’s on-the-Hill, said: “We have a long tradition of supporting the 1 RIFLES and it is a privilege to attend their parades and show our appreciation for their bravery and hard work. The children were particularly thrilled to meet the Commanding Officer of 1 RIFLES, Charlie Grist, and the commanding general of the United States Army Europe, Lieutenant General Benjamin Hodges, who took time to chat about how the troops play an important role in keeping Britain secure.”

Commanding Officer 1 RIFLES, Charlie Grist, added: “It was great to have the Head, Ruth Frett, and some of the children and teachers from St John’s at 1 RIFLES’ homecoming. It is excellent to get such enthusiastic support and important that we reach-out so that children can understand what the Army does.I also thought the children’s marching was brilliant.”