THE flag at Wakefield Town Hall is flying at half-mast in tribute to five soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who died in an explosion in Afghanistan.
Leader of Wakefield Council Coun Peter Box said the flag will remain lowered until funeral services have been held for each of the men after the regiment – which was granted Freedom of the City in 2010 – urged people across the country to perform the act of remembrance.
Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, of Earlsheaton; Private Anthony Frampton, 20, of Huddersfield; Private Christopher Kershaw, 20, of Bradford; Private Daniel Wade, 20, of Warrington, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, of Huddersfield, were killed when their vehicle was hit by an explosion on the border of Helmand and Kandahar provinces on March 6.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, also died in the blast.
All six soldiers’ bodies were repatriated at RAF Brize Norton today.
Coun Box said: “As they are repatriated we send our thoughts and prayers to their families and friends and remember the bravery they showed while serving their country.”