A HUDDERSFIELD 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 today.
Cowlersley's Private Daniel Wilford, 21, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died alongside five colleagues on March 6.
Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, of New Mill, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, of Longwood, and Private Anthony Frampton, 20, all also of 3 Yorks, and Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, were also killed in the attack.
The soldiers, who had been in Afghanistan for only a few weeks, were killed when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up by a massive improvised explosive device about 25 miles north of the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah.
The force of the Taliban blast - the deadliest single attack on British forces in Afghanistan since 2001 - turned the Warrior upside down and blew off its gun turret.
Speaking before Pte Wilford's funeral, Major Malcolm Birkett, the commanding officer of the 3 Yorks still based in the UK, said: "Private Wilford was a quiet, unassuming character that 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.
"He was one that certainly grew in confidence in the time that he was with us and more importantly, that confidence exuded on to everybody else.