Floral tribute to Wakefield soldier killed in Afghanistan

Steve Sambrook with the memorial flowerbed with St George's flags in front the Bay Horse pub in Chaplethorpe in memory of his nephew LCpl David Kirkness, who died in Afghanistan.Steve And Joanne Handforth

Steve Sambrook with the memorial flowerbed with St George's flags in front the Bay Horse pub in Chaplethorpe in memory of his nephew LCpl David Kirkness, who died in Afghanistan.Steve And Joanne Handforth

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A MEMORIAL flowerbed in the shape of St George’s flag has been laid down in tribute to a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Steve Sambrook, landlord of the Bay Horse pub, on Stoney Lane, Chapelthorpe, had the £200 flowerbed set up outside the pub on Tuesday in memory of his nephew, Lance Cpl David Kirkness,

The hero of 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed in December 2009 trying to protect Afghan citizens from a suicide bomber at a marketplace in Helmand.

The 24-year-old, from Hall Green, was killed alongside another soldier while on a security patrol.

His mother, Maggie Kirkness, said: “It was all my brother’s idea, David was really close to Steven and it’s him that’s done it all.

“It’s a really fitting tribute and when you go past it’ll be there for everyone to see for all the lads.”

Mr Sambrook said: “It’s just something we thought we’d do not just for my nephew but for all the lads out in Afghanistan.”

Mr Sambrook and his partner Joanne Handforth also recently held a race night and raised over £3,000 for charity Care for Casualties, which gives support to injured soldiers.

Kirkness Court, off Corporation Street in Morley, and a suite at Morley leisure centre have already been named after the soldier.