THE families of five soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment killed in Afghanistan last month have been presented with the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll.
Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anton Frampton, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford were killed on March 6 when their Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was also killed in the explosion.
The soldiers were on a security patrol of the Lashkar Gah Durai region in Kandahar province when the incident occurred.
The families of the 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment soldiers received the commemorative medal from Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe during at ceremony at Huddersfield Town Hall yesterday.
The family of the late Sergeant Nigel Coupe of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will receive their Elizabeth Cross at a later date.
The Elizabeth Cross award was created to provide national recognition to the families of soldiers who have died on operations or as a result of terrorism.
Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly, Regimental Secretary of The Yorkshire Regiment said: “This is a very poignant occasion, touched with both pride and sadness.
“The presentation of the Elizabeth Cross is a fitting way of showing an enduring debt to those who gave their lives fighting for our security and freedom.
“We, as a regiment and nation, owe much to these soldiers but we all also owe a great debt to their families.
“I know that the families of these soldiers will wear the Elizabeth Cross with immense pride.”