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Bishop of Wakefield's condolences to Pvt Thomas Wroe

The Bishop of Wakefield has paid his condolences to Private Thomas Wroe, one of the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. 18 year old Private Wroe is being repatriated alongside Sergeant Gareth Thursby.

"This death will devastate the families and friends of those involved and the local community of Meltham. My prayers and condolences are with all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The Church will be doing all it can to support the communities and people affected."

– The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt. Rev’d. Stephen Platten


School pay tribute to Sergeant Gareth Thursby

South Craven School have issued this statement paying tribute to their former student Gareth Thursby who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday:-

Gareth Thursby was a student here at South Craven School from 1994 to 1999. Staff remember him as a very talented sportsman, who keenly represented the school. He was ‘always in the thick of it’ and enjoyed the competitive side of life.

He was a fearless sportsman, but also had a strong instinct to help others.The Army was always his passion. During his school career he was also a member of the Skipton Army Cadet Force and joined the Army upon leaving school.

School pay tribute to Private Thomas Wroe

Honley High School have issued this statement paying tribute to former student Private Thomas Wroe who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday.

"Staff were of course devastated to hear the news. Colleagues remember Tom as an extremely popular young man and a terrific sportsman who was well loved by staff and students alike.

I have spoken to his tutors who remember him as a positive, smiling, charming individual with a huge circle of friends.

He will be missed and we send our deepest and sincerest condolences to Tom’s family.”

– Mr Chris Sylge, head teacher of Honley High School

Tributes to fallen soldiers

Tributes have been paid to two Yorkshire soldiers killed by a man dressed as a local Afghan policeman. Married father of two Sergeant Gareth Thursby and Private Thomas Wroe were shot dead in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmend province on Sunday.

The soldiers served in 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's).

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