A HEARTBROKEN mum dabbed away tears yesterday at an emotional ceremony to honour the memory of her fallen son – killed by a Taliban bomb attack in Afghanistan.
Margaret Charlesworth’s 20-year-old son Private Anton Frampton of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, died alongside five colleagues on March 6.
The former Royds Hall High School pupil has been honoured with a special bench complete with plaque, which was placed yesterday in its garden.
The ceremony had a military flavour and was attended by Colin Atkinson, Huddersfield’s poppy appeal honorary organiser and McCauley Atherton of Huddersfield’s Army Cadets.
Nigel Davies, a bugler with Royal British Legion and Huddersfield Veterans played the Last Post and Reveille interspersed with an impeccably observed two minutes silence.
Mrs Charlesworth was invited to sit on the bench but declined saying she would find that too emotional.
Earlier in the day she had visited the Longwood war memorial to which has been added her son’s name.
She said: “It’s been a mix of emotions but still very sad. No parent should have to see their child’s name on a war memorial.
“The Royal British Legion organised it along with the council I expect. It was very nicely done and it’s right that the names should be on. I was proud but very moved at the same time.
“And when the school contacted me to tell me about the bench being dedicated to Anton I was very moved.
“I don’t know where Anton’s passion for the Army came from but he certainly excelled at it.
“I’ve spoken to members of his battalion and they told me what a character he was and also what a damn fine soldier.”
Headteacher Melanie Williams said: “It’s been a very special day for us. As a former war hospital we always mark this weekend as a very solemn time in the year.
“We wanted to celebrate Anton, being a former student and we made a collection at the time so other students can remember him.
“He left here before I joined in 2007 but I’ve been told by colleagues what a popular student he was.”