Funeral for fallen Huddersfield soldier Private Anton Frampton at Huddersfield Parish Church today

THE funeral of a Huddersfield soldier from the Yorkshire Regiment who was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan will be held in town today.

Private Anthony Frampton

THE funeral of a Huddersfield soldier from the Yorkshire Regiment who was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan will be held in town today.

Longwood's Private Anton Frampton, 20, of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, died alongside five colleagues on March 6.

Also killed in the attack were Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, of New Mill,  Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, of Cowlersley, all also of 3 Yorks, and Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

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 after her son's death, Pte Frampton's mother, Margaret Charlesworth, 47, said: "We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful boy Anton and are so very proud of him. He was a legend to us and all who knew him. We are heartbroken."

She said her son had liked the routine of the Army and the "comradeship of all the lads".

She said: "He just loved it. He just loved it. He loved the craic, he loved the lads, the training, everything."

Pte Frampton's funeral will take place at Huddersfield Parish Church from midday.

The funerals of Cpl Hartley and Sgt Coupe were held last month and the funerals of the other soldiers killed in the explosion will follow this month.

 

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