THE funerals of the three fallen Huddersfield soldiers were the most read on www.examiner.co.uk last week.
Here is a snapshot from each of our reports
Corporal Jake Hartley
“HE was the best brother, he was the best son, he was the best friend and he was the best soldier.”
A moving tribute to Corporal Jake Hartley from his little brother, 12-year-old Ethan who led the tributes to the Afghanistan hero at his funeral at Christ Church, New Mill.
Ethan’s words brought applause from the 1,000-strong congregation who packed the church and filled the churchyard to say goodbye to Cpl Hartley who was one of six soldiers – five from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment – tragically killed in Afghanistan on March 6.
Private Anton Frampton
IT was his final message to his mum.
And there were tears as Margaret Charlesworth read her son Pte Anton Frampton’s final letter to more than 1,000 mourners at his funeral in Huddersfield Parish Church.
The Longwood soldier was described as “a platoon legend” in a moving ceremony.
Mourners inside and outside the church listened intently as Mrs Charlesworth – who had arrived at the funeral alongside her son’s coffin – read the letter which was only to be opened in the event of his death.
Private Daniel Wilford
A COWLERSLEY soldier who died in a bomb attack in Afghanistan was described as a “quiet, unassuming character’’ by one of his commanding officers at his funeral.
Speaking before Pte Daniel Wilford’s funeral, Major Malcolm Birkett, the commanding officer of the 3 Yorks still based in the UK, said: “Pte Wilford was a quiet, unassuming character who was deeply thought of by his company.
“An outstanding guy to be around, a fantastic shot that really, really epitomised everything that is right about the infantry soldier.”