Hundreds Mourn ‘Courageous’ Huddersfield Soldier.

2 May 2012, 14:28

Family, friends and colleagues said their goodbyes to a Huddersfield Soldier at his funeral in his hometown this lunchtime.

20 year old Private Anthony Frampton, of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, died alongside five colleagues on March 6.

Also killed in the attack were 20 year Corporal Jake Hartley  and 21 year old Private Daniel Wilford both from Huddersfield. 19 year old Private Christopher Kershaw from Bradford. 20 year old Private Daniel Wade, from Warrington, all also of 3 Yorks, and 33 year old Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

The soldiers, who had been in Afghanistan for only a few weeks, were killed when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up by a massive improvised explosive device about 25 miles north of the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah.

Hundreds of people lined the streets around Huddersfield Parish Church for Pte Frampton's funeral.

Major Malcolm Birkett, commanding officer of the 3 Yorks soldiers currently based in the UK, paid tribute to Pte Frampton.

He said: “Anton was a positive character whose smile could light up the room. He was an individual that was tremendously talented at what he did, especially in the armoured infantry world.

“He'll be sorely missed by his friends and family in particular and he is an individual that epitomises everything that is right about the modern infantryman - courageous, loyal, hard-working - an infantryman to the end.”

Applause could be heard again as Pte Frampton's body was driven away from the church to a private cremation.

The soldier left behind his mother, father Gary, stepfather Martin Charlesworth, sisters Gemma and Nicola and great-uncle Pat.

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