Memorial for 40 Commando unveiled in Taunton

Close up of the 40 Commando memorial stone in Vivary Park, Taunton
Image caption Fourteen marines died during the unit's six-month deployment to Afghanistan

A memorial stone has been unveiled in Somerset to remember Royal Marines from 40 Commando who have been killed.

The stone sits in the sensory garden at Vivary Park in Taunton and was commissioned by the borough council.

It is a smaller replica of one that stands in the garden at the marines' base in Norton Manor Camp.

Fourteen marines from the unit which is based at Norton Fitzwarren, were killed during their six month deployment to Afghanistan last year.

In November thousands of people lined the streets of Taunton to show their support for the Royal Marines who marched through the town as part of their homecoming parade.

Taunton mayor councillor Jefferson Horsley led many of the tributes to the fallen and attended repatriation ceremonies in Wootton Basset.

He said: "We have very close links with 40 Commando and the wonderful turn-out at the thanksgiving parade and march in Taunton last November proved the strength of the relationship."

The stone was donated by Bardon Aggregates of Westleigh, Wellington.

The inscription says: "We the citizens of Taunton Deane thank you for your dedication; admire your comradeship; think about your families and continue to value your friendship."

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