The diary of how Kieran, 6, held his family together until that special homecoming

Little boy who held the fort while Daddy went to war: The diary of how Kieran, 6, held his family together until that special homecoming Thousands of soldiers are returning from active service in Afghanistan | UPDATED: 22:50 GMT, 6 December 2012 As the countdown to Christmas begins, thousands of brave soldiers are returning from active service in Afghanistan to enjoy tender reunions with their loved ones.

Her father would be so proud: Daughter of fallen soldier in landmark DNA case wears his medals to welcome home his regiment

Her father would be so proud: Daughter of fallen soldier in landmark DNA case wears his medals to welcome home his regiment Emma Hickman, 19, won the right to officially name killed soldier Daniel Wade as the father of their five-month-old after a legal wrangle over his DNAMother and daughter today watched his 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment return home after six-month tour of Afghanistan Private Wade was one of 10 soldiers killed from the regiment | UPDATED: 21:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 This heartbreaking picture shows the medals of a soldier killed in Afghanistan pinned to the coat of his five-month-old daughter – just a month after her mother proved his paternity in a landmark case. Lexie-Mai Wade was pictured among the crowds at the homecoming parade of her father's 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment as they marched through the city of York today. Her mother Emma Hickman, 19, won the right to officially name Daniel Wade, who died in a Taliban bomb attack in March, as the father of the five-month-old after a legal wrangle over his DNA