HE gave everything for his country – including his life.
But now thieves have ransacked a children’s nursery to steal more than £500 raised to celebrate the life of Private Anton Frampton.
The overnight burglary happened at Nightingales Nursery in New Hey Road, Oakes, where staff were in tears when they discovered the door smashed in yesterday morning and the cash gone.
Just weeks earlier, Huddersfield soldier Private Frampton was one of six killed in a horrific explosion in Afghanistan.
He died alongside Yorkshire Regiment comrades Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, of Cowlersley and Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, of New Mill, and three other servicemen.
Their Warrior armoured vehicles was caught by a Taliban bomb.
The soldiers’ bodies were flown home on March 20 and funerals are yet to take place.
But plans to create a special tribute to Pte Frampton, who has a relative working at the Oakes nursery, have now been hit by the callous thieves who stole the memorial fund.
The cash was raised by hosting a fun day at the nursery on Saturday and was locked in the premises to be banked on Monday.
Director Michelle Sokolowski, 40, told the Examiner: “I was in floods of tears when I saw the door smashed yesterday.
“All the staff were shaken by it as there could have still been someone inside when we arrived.
“We didn’t go in until the police had been in. The alarm both inside and out had been smashed from the wall.
“I asked to go in the office and I did and immediately felt physically sick.
“They had thrown everything round the office, and emptied all the drawers in the middle of the floor.
“The cash was locked in a cash box in the locked filing cabinet as you can’t bank on a Saturday.
“They also took an iMac computer, three laptops and two digital cameras but didn’t go in every room.”
She continued: “We usually support local charities and we all agreed we wanted a memorial for Anton.
“We hadn’t got any further than raising the cash but we had thought of a memorial bench at his old school, Royds Hall High School, or possibly in Greenhead Park.”
Private Frampton, a popular 20-year-old had wanted to be a solider on leaving school but finally enlisted when he was 17.