IT was his final message to his mum.
And there were tears as Margaret Charlesworth read her son Private Anton Frampton’s final letter to more than 1,000 mourners at his funeral in Huddersfield Parish Church yesterday.
The Longwood soldier, who was one of six killed in a blast in Afghanistan in March , 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.
She read: “Hi mum, I just want to thank you for everything you have ever done for me. You are the best mum in the world!!!
“If every child had a mum like you the world would be a better place.
“Even though I’m not around, I will always be around to keep you safe and one day, we will be back together.
“And another thing you have to stop smoking, hahaha!!!
“Me and grandma are up here watching over you, I love you mum.
“Stay strong. Love Anton.”
Mrs Charlesworth said after reading the letter: “Anton, your duty on this Earth is now done.
“Stand easy, my beautiful boy.”
The Parish Church was filled with hundreds, who wore bright colours as a tribute to the fallen soldier.
Image gallery from the service on the next page.