MORE than 100 military and civilian staff from the headquarters of 1st (UK) Division York took part in a Peninsular Day service at York Minster.

The service began with the reading of a roll of all units from the division, based at Imphal Barracks, York, currently deployed on operations overseas. T

Those from the division who died recently - military and civilian - were also remembered and a candle was lit by a soldier.

The General Officer Commanding, Major General Ralph Wooddiss, said afterwards: "Peninsular Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the 1st Infantry Division in 1809 during the Peninsular War.

“Today the staff have paused for a moment of reflection and to commemorate those who have served in the division past and present.”

The headquarters commands 25,000 regular and reserve troops based as far afield as Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as in the North of England. The division's units help train other countries' security forces, are ready for rapid deployment to combat zones, and are committed to assist the UK civil authorities if required.