On Saturday 17 April 2010, the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, Councillor Emlyn Williams, granted the freedom of the County Borough to 203 Welsh Field Hospital (Volunteers).
The unit led by the Royal Welsh Regimental Band, marched onto King Square, Barry. Before granting the freedom the Mayor and HM Lord Lieutenant, Dr Peter Beck, inspected and chatted to the volunteers.
Councillor Williams said "I am delighted that we are able to recognise the unit and the valuable work they are doing both at home and abroad. Many brave soldiers seriously injured in various conflicts owe their lives to the magnificent treatment given by units such as The Welsh Medics. They continue to risk their lives to save those of others".
The unit's commanding officer, Colonel Kevin Davies said "The Vale council has shown its appreciation and acknowledgement of the significant contribution that Wales' Field Hospital makes in supporting UK operations. The council recognition is wonderful news and we at 203 very much look forward to receiving our right to march through Barry".
The 203 Welsh Field Hospital (Volunteers)
This is the only Territorial Army medical unit in Wales, and its personnel are all part time volunteers. They recruit healthcare professionals from across Wales from all disciplines - doctors, nurses, paramedics, radiographers, physiotherapists, biomedical scientists, dentists, dental nurses, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and health care support workers.
Tracing its roots back to the First World War, the hospital is based in Cardiff, with detachments in Swansea, Crickhowell and Llandudno. In recent times, it has deployed personnel in support of operations abroad during the Gulf wars, the Balkans and the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Following the presentation of the Freedom Scroll and the playing of the National Anthems, the unit exercised their right and marched through the town.
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