Funeral dates for city’s fallen heroes

Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of (top row left to right) Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton, with (bottom row left to right) Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford, the six soldiers who were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. The bodies of the fallen servicemen are due to be repatriated today to Brize Norton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 20, 2012. Photo credit should read: Iain Hamer/MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of (top row left to right) Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton, with (bottom row left to right) Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford, the six soldiers who were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. The bodies of the fallen servicemen are due to be repatriated today to Brize Norton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 20, 2012. Photo credit should read: Iain Hamer/MoD/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

FUNERALS for six soldiers who were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan will begin today.

Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, of Earlsheaton; Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, of Huddersfield; Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, also of Huddersfield, Pte Christopher Kershaw, 20, of Bradford and Pte Daniel Wade, 20, of Warrington, were all from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

The regiment was awarded the Freedom of the City by Wakefield Council in March 2010.

The servicemen were killed alongside Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33, from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an explosion on March 6.

Today his funeral will take place at Sgt Coupe at St Anne’s Parish Church, Lancashire.

On Monday hundreds of mourners are expected to turn out for Cpl Hartley’s funeral at Christ Church, New Mill in Holmfirth.

Huddersfield Parish Church will host the funerals of Pte Frampton on May 2, and Pte Wilford on May 4.

On May 11 Pte Wade will be laid to rest in his home town of Warringston at St Elphin Parish Church

And the funeral of Pte Kershaw will take place at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Idle, Bradford, on May 24.

Last Friday the families of soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment were awarded the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll at Huddersfield Town Hall.