• Christina Drummond

Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, Private Christopher Kershaw,


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, six soldiers serving with 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, were killed in the Lashkar Gah Durai region of an operational area on the border of Helmand and Kandahar provinces. They were on a patrol when their Warrior armoured fighting vehicle was struck by an IED. In the photograph, top row (from left): Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton; bottom row (from left): Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford. Sergeant Coupe was a Senior NCO from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, attached to 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, as a Warrior Sergeant. He had served for a number of years as a Warrior instructor as well as a vehicle commander. Described as professional, courageous, utterly dedicated to his job and highly-regarded by all who worked with him, he is remembered for his humour, kindness, selflessness and his willingness to help others. Essentially a kind man, devoted to the soldiers he led. Nigel, from Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, was 33 years old and married with two daughters. Corporal Jake Hartley had joined the battalion in 2008, and promotion was swift. He is remembered as the ultimate infantry soldier - fit, motivated, inspirational, and a natural leader. He achieved top position on the Infantry Section Commanders Battle Course, and was considered to be brilliant and exemplary for one so young. Major Edward Colver said: “Corporal Hartley was quite simply one of the best Non-Commissioned Officers I have ever had the privilege of working with. From the moment I met him I knew he was a star of the future.” Jake, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, was 20 years old. Private Anthony Frampton had joined the army in 2009, after working for a while as a welder after leaving school. In Afghanistan he was employed as an Infantry Dismount and Warrior Gunner, something for which he showed great skill. Fit, intelligent and highly positive, he is remembered for his ready smile and likeability. Major Jonathon Hinchcliffe said: “Private Frampton was the first soldier I met when I assumed command of Somme Company. As a soldier, he was outstanding…highly dependable, incredibly reliable and without equal amongst his peers.” Anthony, from Huddersfield, was 20 years old. Private Christopher Kershaw had been with the battalion for six months, having trained as a Warrior driver and been noted as an extremely effective Light Machine Gun gunner. Enthusiastic about the army since he was five years old, his ambition was to be a Section Commander, something for which he showed great promise. Full of humour and highly-respected, he is remembered as a fit young man, highly committed, mature for his years, and showing great promise. His mother said that he was her hero, and that “he lived the dream until the end”. Christopher, from Bradford, was 19 years old. Private Daniel Wade joined the army in January of 2011, arriving in the battalion six months later and passing the Warrior Driving Cadre, at which he excelled. Major Edward Colver found him to be a confident and personable young man with a promising career ahead of him. He was noted for his attitude, demeanour and outgoing personality. He left behind his little sister Stacey, whom he loved dearly and with whom he had what his mother described as “an amazing relationship”. He was a fearless, intelligent and reliable soldier who is greatly missed by family and colleagues alike. Daniel, from Warrington, was 20 years old. Private Daniel Wilford joined the battalion in April of 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in February of 2012 as a Warrior Gunner, a job at which he was extremely effective and knowledgeable. A sociable young man, he was noted as professional, exceptional and proficient, being considered as a potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer. Lieutenant Colonel Zac Stenning said of him: Private Wilford was the archetypal Yorkshire infantry soldier; quiet, unassuming but with bags of character. He was unique, happy go lucky and confident, his smile could light up a room.” Daniel, from Huddersfield, was 21 years old.

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