Dukes take over from Rifles in Afghanistan

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CALDERDALE soldiers who have deployed to Afghanistan have taken on new responsibilities.

The 5th Battalion The Rifles transferred authority for Nahr-E Saraj (South) (NES(S) to the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).

A ceremony was held at Patrol Base 2, the flag of 5 Rifles was lowered and replaced with that of 3 Yorks.

After the playing of the bugle the outgoing Commanding Officer Lt Col Tom Copinger-Symes, shook hands with the incoming CO, Lt Col Zac Stenning to signify the official tranfer of control of NES(S).

The event signified the beginning of the six month operational tour for 3 Yorks which is part of the 12th Mechanized Brigade in Helmand Province.

The Yorkshire Regiment suffered a huge blow in March when five of its soldiers were killed in an explosion in Southern Afghanistan which also claimed the life of another from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Cpl Jake Hartley, Pte Anthony Frampton, Pte Christopher Kershaw, Pte Daniel Wade and Pte Daniel Wilford, were killed along with Sgt Nigel Coupe. Pte Frampton’s funeral was held this week at Huddersfield Parish Church. Pte Daniel Wilford’s funeral was taking place at the same church on Friday. The funerals of Sgt Nigel Coupe and Corporal Jake Hartley have already taken place. The funeral of Pte Christopher Kershaw is on May 24 at Bradford. The funeral of Pte Daniel Wade is at Warrington, on May 11.