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Halifax remembers the 6 killed in Afghanistan

Prayers have been said and candles lit for the six soldiers killed in Afghanistan at a sombre service attended by hundreds of people paying their respects.

Halifax Minster in Yorkshire filled with people of all ages, many among them old soldiers proudly wearing their campaign medals, to remember the men who died when a Taliban roadside bomb destroyed their Warrior armoured vehicle in Helmand Province on Tuesday.

Reverend Canon Hilary Barber lights the last of the six candles to remember the six killed in Afghanistan Credit: PA Wire

Four of the six fallen soldiers, who were killed in the deadliest single enemy attack on UK forces in Afghanistan since 2001, came from the West Yorkshire area close to Halifax.

The town is also the former home of the Duke of Wellington's Regimental barracks until the unit was subsumed into the Yorkshire Regiment.

On the altar, draped with the Duke of Wellington's Regimental flag, Canon Barber lit six candles, telling the congregation: "To remind us of the six soldiers who died for their Queen and country during this past week."

The names were read out as the candles were lit.

Corporal Jake Hartley, from nearby Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, who had joined the battalion in December 2008, promoted ahead of his young years through his ability and promise and "destined to achieve great things", his family said.

Private Anthony 'Anton' Frampton, 20, another Yorkshireman, from Huddersfield, who joined the Army in January 2009 and who "loved" his job.

He was close friends with Private Daniel Wilford, 21, also from Huddersfield, who trained as a gunner on the Warrior vehicle.

A candle was lit for Private Christopher Kershaw, from Bradford, the youngest of the six soldiers killed, then Private Daniel Wade, 20, from Warrington, Cheshire, whose fiance is expecting their child.

He was looking forward to coming home and was excited about becoming a father, his family have said.

Finally the name of Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, was read and his candle lit. The father-of-two from Lytham St Annes, was "fiercely proud" to serve as a Lancashire man in a Yorkshire regiment - no doubt sharing jokes with his fallen comrades over their respective counties of origin.

From top left: Nigel Coupe, Jake Hartley and Anthony Frampton. From bottom left: Christopher Kershaw, Daniel Wade and Daniel Wilford Credit: MoD

Revd Canon Barber spoke lines from Anthem For A Doomed Youth by First World War poet Wilfred Owen, which he said was a reminder of how young the victims of war can be.

He said the Minster's chapel showed "hard won" victories, whether it be "Waterloo, the Crimea or Afghanistan" and that war comes with a cost, "paid for with lives lost and taken."

Reverend Canon Hilary Barber conducting the service at Halifax Minster

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