Armed Forces Day – Cleethorpes 2016

Out and about at the National Armed Forces Day event in Cleethorpes. Armed Forces Day is an annual event that gives an opportunity for the country to show its support for the men and women in the British Armed Forces.   See more of my work on my website and blogs… HERE Images copyright IanContinue reading “Armed Forces Day – Cleethorpes 2016”

Trust, Courage and Team Spirit

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate in North Yorkshire trains the soldiers of the future. School-leavers aged between 16 and 17 years and five months of age are eligible to attend the AFC which offers young men and women the opportunity to continue learning as they build their military skills and experience more of the ArmyContinue reading “Trust, Courage and Team Spirit”

Medal parade in Richmond

Soldiers from K (Hondeghem) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery paraded through the grounds of Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire today during a ceremony to present them with Afghanistan operational medals. The Battery held the parade to mark the end of the Regiment’s period of operations in Afghanistan and their deployment on Herrick 20. It wasContinue reading “Medal parade in Richmond”

The Doncaster Parade

Around 250 soldiers from 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery marched through the streets of Doncaster today to mark their recent return from operations in Afghanistan. The troops were being given the freedom of the town and were also being presented with operational medals for their most recent tour in Afghanistan. The soldiers were led throughContinue reading “The Doncaster Parade”

Middlesbrough Remembrance

Serving and former soldiers, Army cadets and members of the local community take part in a parade and service on Remembrance Sunday on November 10, 2013 in Middlesbrough, England. People all across the UK gathered to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, as part ofContinue reading “Middlesbrough Remembrance”

A final goodnight…

  A coffin waits under a union jack To be carried slowly out of the back Out of the darkness and towards the light Down the ramp to a final goodnight Wear your poppy with pride this Remembrance Day The Poppy Appeal http://www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk Image copyright Ian Forsyth/Crown copyright

Iraq – Pictures from a troubled country

My previous blog post which can be seen here looks back at some of my thoughts and experiences from my time in Iraq in 2003 as one of the soldiers fighting into Basrah. This post shows a selection of images I shot on my second tour there in 2006 as an army photographer. I deployedContinue reading “Iraq – Pictures from a troubled country”

Iraq – A long way from the bus station.

Lying on the ground in the dirt next to the tracks of my Warrior armoured vehicle. Blue grey sky overhead. Covered in dust. Rats. Everything smells of shit. Everything smells of smoke. Burning. The sound of engines. Occasional shouts. Can’t remember my last shower. Hungry. The brews are on.   An abandoned bus depot. ‘BridgeContinue reading “Iraq – A long way from the bus station.”

Homecoming

Soldiers from Headquarters Company 1st Battalion The Scots Guards return to their base at Bourlon Barracks in Catterick, England on 27 February 2013 and are reunited with their families following their recent deployment to Afghanistan. The soldiers are the first troops from 4 Mechanized Brigade to return to their base from their tour of dutyContinue reading “Homecoming”

His duty done

When silence descends at 11am tomorrow morning and the majority of people around the country quietly acknowledge the sacrifice and commitment of the men and women of the armed forces with two minutes of quiet contemplation and respectful thoughts I will be photographing one of those services at my local war memorial in Saltburn. ItContinue reading “His duty done”