York pays tribute to six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan
12:00am 8th March 2012
(Updated 2:53pm 8th March 2012)
404 deaths in just over ten years.
That's how many British personnel have lost their lives in Afghanistan since the conflict began.
The death toll rose when six soldiers were killed on Tuesday.
Five of them were from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, the other was from 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment based at Catterick Garrison.
The MoD has now named them.
Sergeant Nigel Coupe from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment which is based in Catterick Garrison.
Five others were from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford. (Three have been comfirmed as being from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire - they're Hartley, Frampton and Wilford.)
They all died when their armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion earlier this week.
It's being reported that the bodies have now been found and returned to Base in Helmand.
It is the biggest single loss of British lives in Afghanistan since 2006
Tonight a vigil will take place in York naming all those who've lost their lives.
Pictured our fallen heros:
Press Release on Afghanistan deaths
Four of the six British soldiers killed in the deadliest single enemy attack on UK forces in Afghanistan since 2001 were aged just 20, the Ministry of Defence revealed today.
The men were named as Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
They died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by an apparent improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province on Tuesday evening.
York Against the War Statement: Vigil for Afghanistan deaths
We sent you a press release two months ago when total British military deaths in Afghanistan reached 395.
Now comes the awful news of six more soldiers, five from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, have been killed in the explosion of their Warrior armoured vehicle in Helmand province.
The total of soldiers dead is now 404.
A greater number have been seriously or very seriously wounded.
We, the members of York Against the War, hold a vigil to mark each fiftieth death of a British soldier in Afghanistan.
The vigil for the 400th death will be held today (Thursday March 8th 2012) from 5.00pm to 6.00pm below York city walls opposite the railway station (Cholera Burial Ground)
We will hand out leaflets, and read out the names of British and Afghan dead, to remind people of the continuing and needless waste of precious human lives in an unwinnable campaign, and call on the British government to bring the troops home now.
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