A HUDDERSFIELD soldier who died along with five colleagues in a bomb attack in Afghanistan was a "fine soldier and an outstanding leader", his commanding officer said at his funeral today.
Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, of 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, was killed on March 6 alongside Private Anton Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all also of 3 Yorks, and Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
Cpl Hartley’s coffin was carried into Christ Church, New Mill, today with full military honours.
Hundreds of people packed into the church as the horse-drawn hearse arrived with white flowers spelling out "Jake" and "Hero" on either side.
Jake’s mother and stepfather, Nathalie and Mark Taylor, brother Ethan, 12, and uncle and best friend, Luke, also 20, followed the coffin into church.
Earlier, Major Malcolm Birkett, said: "Cpl Hartley was an infantryman to his core - tough, proud, hard-working and honest.
"He used his own qualities to inspire those he led. The battalion has lost a fine soldier and an outstanding leader."