A soldier who died in a bomb attack in Afghanistan was described as "courageous, loyal and hard-working" by one of his commanding officers at his funeral today. Private Anthony Frampton, 20, of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, died alongside five colleagues on March 6.
The other soldiers were Sergeant Nigel Coupe, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford - all from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire 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.
Hundreds of people lined the streets around Huddersfield Parish Church for Pte Frampton's funeral today.
– Major Malcolm Birkett, commanding officer of the 3 Yorks soldiers currently based in the UK
"Anton was a positive character whose smile could light up the room. He was an individual that was tremendously talented at what he did, especially in the armoured infantry world. He'll be sorely missed by his friends and family in particular and he is an individual that epitomises everything that is right about the modern infantryman - courageous, loyal, hard-working - an infantryman to the end."
Just before his death, in a series of phone calls and Facebook messages, Private Frampton sought to allay the fears of his mother, Margaret Charlesworth, during his deployment.
On the day he set off for Afghanistan, he wrote: "I'll be fine mum trust me xxxx."
A week later, he added: "Hey mum hope u r OK am missing u so much can't wait to come home and have only been here 7 days lol(laugh out loud) try not 2 worry mum love you so much! xxxxxxxx."
His mother used her Facebook page to express her concerns for her "little Afghan hero", poignantly writing on February 26: "Hope my boy stays safe and the rest of the lads out there."