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Funeral for "star" soldier

The coffin of Private Thomas Wroe arrives for his funeral service at St Bartholomew's Church, Meltham, Huddersfield. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The family of a teenage soldier from West Yorkshire killed by a rogue Afghan policeman have paid moving tributes to their "star" at his funeral.

Private Thomas Wroe, 18, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's) was shot in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he went to help the man, who pretended to be injured.

Hundreds of people lined the streets and packed into St Bartholomew's Church in Meltham, West Yorkshire, for the young soldier's funeral.

Mourners wait outside church during the funeral service of Private Thomas Wroe at St Bartholomew's Church, Meltham, Huddersfield. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Demi Wroe, Pte Wroe's 14-year-old sister, read a moving eulogy to him. She said: "You are my brother, my inspiration, my hero, my role model, my life."

Demi described her brother using the words "thoughtful, hero, outstanding, military, amusing and star" to spell out his name. "You are the brightest star in the sky," she said. "Once a hero, always a hero. Always remembered, never forgotten."

Mick Wroe, Pte Wroe's father, led a round of applause in honour of the bravery of all the soldiers who have paid the "ultimate sacrifice". The boys need the support of you all so you can sleep in the way of life you all take for granted,"

Mr Wroe, a former soldier, said he did not regret his son joining the Army - "his chosen job" - and praised his "selfless bravery".

The parents of Private Thomas Wroe and his sister Demi, arrive for his funeral service at St Bartholomew's Church, Meltham, Huddersfield. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

You've done your duty son and done it right to the last. Tom, we will always love you, always miss you but we will never, ever, ever forget you.

– Mick Wroe, Pte Wroe's father

Pte Wroe, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, was killed alongside Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, in the so-called "green-on-blue" attack. He was deployed to Afghanistan on July 1, shortly after his 18th birthday, and died in Nahr-e Saraj district on September 15.

Pvt Wroe was laid to rest in a service in Huddersfield, after being shot dead in Afghanistan last month. Credit: Ministry Of Defence