Huddersfield faces emotional week with funerals of fallen hero soldiers

HUDDERSFIELD’S heroes of Afghanistan will be laid to rest next week.

Anton Frampton, Jake Hartley, Daniel Wilford

HUDDERSFIELD’S heroes of Afghanistan will be laid to rest next week.

Funerals for the three Yorkshire Regiment soldiers will all take place in the town.

The service for Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, will be at Christ Church, New Mill, at 1.30pm on Monday, April 30.

The service for Private Anton Frampton, 20, of Longwood, will be at Huddersfield Parish church on Wednesday, May 2 at noon.

And Huddersfield Parish Church will be in use again on Friday May 4, when the service for Private Daniel Wilford, 21, of Cowlersley, will be held at 12.30pm.

Details of the services for the three Huddersfield troops and their three comrades killed in a Taliban blast were all announced yesterday.

All six soldiers were killed on March 6 when their Warrior armoured vehicle ran over a bomb.

The others who died were Sgt Nigel Coupe, of Lytham St Annes; Private Daniel Wade, of Warrington; and Private Christopher Kershaw, of Bradford.

The soldiers were repatriated last month through RAF Brize Norton and the Oxfordshire town of Carterton, but the families have had to wait until the Coroner has finished his initial inquiries before the services can take place.

Five of the men, including the three Huddersfield soldiers, were serving with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

Sgt Coupe was on secondment to the regiment from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

News of the funerals has come as a relief for the families and friends of the victims.

Pte Frampton’s mother, Mrs Margaret Charlesworth, said: “There will be a lot of people who want to say their goodbyes.

“I plan to ride in the hearse with Anton as I brought him into the world and intend to go with him on his last journey.”

Pte Frampton’s funeral will be a military service, as will that of Cpl Hartley. Private Wilford’s service will be a family-led one, although the military will be there.

The services at Huddersfield will be conducted by the Rev Andrew Martlew, an Army chaplain and a former Vicar of Golcar.

He will be assisted by the Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Canon Simon Moor.

Mr Moor said: “The church can hold 650 people and I expect it to be filled.

“St Peter’s Gardens has been tidied up in recent months and we plan to have speakers to relay the services to those outside who can gather in the gardens.”

The service for Cpl Hartley will take place at 1.30pm at Christ Church and will be led by the Rev Canon Sean Robertshaw, who is Team Rector of the Upper Holme Valley but also a Territorial Army chaplain.

Mr Robertshaw said: “What has happened has been devastating for the families and for the whole community.

“I think it will be an emotional week for the whole of Huddersfield.”

The service will be attended by 350 people in the church with again many more expected to listen through speakers in the churchyard.

Cpl Hartley will be laid to rest in the churchyard.

Sgt Coupe’s funeral will take place at St Anne’s Parish Church in St Anne’s on April 27, Pte Kershaw’s service is on May 24 at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Idle, Bradford, and Pte Wade’s funeral will take place at St Elphin Parish Church in his home town of Warrington in Cheshire on May 11.

All six soldiers had been deployed to Afghanistan on February 14.

 

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