Wing of care home named in honour of soldier

Ministry of Defence photo of Sergeant Gareth Thursby (left) of Skipton and Private Thomas Wroe, of Holmfirth, both of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, (Duke of Wellington's), the British soldiers killed by a man who was dressed as a local Afghan policeman.
Ministry of Defence photo of Sergeant Gareth Thursby (left) of Skipton and Private Thomas Wroe, of Holmfirth, both of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, (Duke of Wellington's), the British soldiers killed by a man who was dressed as a local Afghan policeman.

A wing of a Huddersfield care home has been named in honour of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Private Thomas Wroe was killed last September by a rogue Afghan soldier in Helmand.

His mum Claire works at Helme Hall in Meltham where the new wing was dedicated on what would have been his 19th birthday.

“Today is a nice occasion, it is a beautiful unit and I feel proud to work here and proud of my son,” she said.

There is now a memorial plaque to Pte Wroe at the door of the new residential care unit for adults.

His dad Michael said the event had taken the edge off the day, it being his birthday.

He said his son’s name would be seen and remembered for a long time.

Pte Wroe of Holmfirth, and Sgt Gareth Thursby, 29, of Skipton, both of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, were killed in Helmand’s Nahr-e Saraj district in September 2012.