THE NAMES of six soldiers who died in Afghanistan on Tuesday have been released by the Ministry of Defence.
Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, and Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19, Pte Daniel Wade, 20, Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, all from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33 from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
Corporal Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all have families in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They are thought to have left the UK for Afghanistan on Valentine’s Day.
Sergeant Coupe, the most senior of the group, is believed to be from St Anne’s, Flyde. Private Daniel Wade is thought to be from Warrington.
The deaths take the total of British military personnel who have died in Afghanistan since 2001 to 404. They were killed in the single deadliest attack on British troops since 2006.
The families of the soldiers have been informed.
A statement from the Ministry of Defence reads: “It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the names of the six Service personnel missing, believed killed, in Afghanistan since Tuesday 6 March 2012.”
The Warrior vehicle they were travelling in is reported to have been recovered but the formal identification of the bodies has not yet been completed.
Tributes are being paid by Courier readers across our social media sites.
Carol Shaw said: “RIP lads, our thoughts are with your families”. Jayne Byrne wrote: “So sad, so young.”
Lynn Flaws wrote: “RIP lads, and thankyou. My heart goes out to all their families.”
Clare Rowland said: “Breaks my heart, they’re all under 21, not even their lives fighting for our country. True heroes.”
Alistair Ward said: “Your last duty is done boys, go and rest now.”
Flowers are being placed at the home of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment took place at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, Wiltshire.