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Comrades' tributes to soldiers

The ordinary soldiers and officers who served alongside the six men killed in the deadliest single attack on British forces in Afghanistan since 2001 have added their memories to the growing mass of tributes.

The soldiers who died - five of them aged between 19 and 21 - were killed when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up by a massive improvised explosive device.

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was killed alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all of 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment.

Married father-of-two Sgt Coupe, from Lytham Saint Anne's, Lancashire, was described as "the perfect gentleman" who always put others before himself.

Sgt Kirk Reid said: "Nige, your professionalism will always be remembered, taking pride in everything you do, and putting others before yourself on every occasion. The perfect gentleman with an amazing family that I'm sure will miss you always."

Cpl Hartley, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was described by his company commander, Major Edward Colver, as "quite simply one of the best non-commissioned officers I have ever had the privilege of working with".

Pte Frampton, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was described as an "amazing character" with a "loveable personality". His platoon commander, Captain Ian Martin, said: "Private Frampton was a larger than life individual who had an infectious character and a loveable personality which made him one of the most popular members of the platoon."

Pte Kershaw, from Bradford, had a "promising career ahead". L/Cpl Lee Marshall said: "You were an outstanding friend with lots of potential of being a leader of men. You were loved and you will be missed, but never forgotten."

Pte Wade, from Warrington, died as his fiancee, Emma Hickman, is expecting his first child - a girl, Lexie. Pte Luke Stones said: "My daughter is called Lexi too. Wadey, I can't believe you're never going to get the chance to meet her. I know you're going to be looking down on her wherever you are. Love you mate."

Pte Wilford, from Huddersfield, was described by his Company Sergeant Major, Eric Whitehouse, as "an honest, quiet soldier, who excelled". Pte Zondwayo Jere said: "I will always remember you as you were such a good lad. You have left a gap that will never be filled."


From Belfast Telegraph