Six Soldiers Repatriated
20 March 2012, 15:00
The bodies of Four of Yorkshire’s fallen hero’s and two of their comrades killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan have been brought home.
A repatriation ceremony was held at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
The six died earlier this month when their armoured truck was hit by an explosion from a bomb planted by the Taliban near the town of Lashkar Gah.
Five of the soldiers were from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment: Corporal Jake Hartley, 20; Private Anthony Frampton, 20; Private Christopher Kershaw, 19; Private Daniel Wade, 20; and Private Daniel Wilford, 21.
The sixth, from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was Sergeant Nigel Coupe, aged 33. He was on secondment at the time.
The deaths were the single biggest loss of British life in Afghanistan since 2006 and took the total number of British military deaths in the country since 2001 to over 400.
Hundreds of people attended memorial services honouring the six, and yesterday thousands of troops on the front line held vigils for their fallen brothers.