Sgt Gareth Thursby

Military honours for Skipton soldier

The funeral of Sergeant Gareth Thursby takes place in his home town of Skipton. He and a colleague were killed by a rogue Afghan policeman.

Pvt Thomas Wroe

Funeral for Yorkshire soldier

A full military funeral is to be held for a soldier from West Yorkshire who was killed in Afghanistan last month.

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Memorial for Private Thomas Wroe

Private Thomas Wroe was just 18 when he died Credit: family photo

A memorial's being held today for a teenage soldier from Huddersfield who was killed in Afghanistan a year ago today. Private Thomas Wroe, from Meltham, was just 18 when he was gunned down by a rogue Afghan policeman along with Sgt Gareth Thursby from Skipton.

Private Wroe's family will unveil a stone memorial to him following a service at their local church.

Funeral for fallen hero

Sgt Gareth Thursby
Sgt Gareth Thursby Credit: Ministry of Defence

More than 10,000 people are expected to pay tribute to Skipton soldier Gareth Thursby when his funeral is held in his home town.

A former pupil of South Craven School, Sgt Thursby, was serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, when he was shot dead by a man dressed as an Afghan policeman at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province in September.

His family decided to delay his funeral until after the regiment had finished its tour of duty so his comrades could attend the service at Skipton's Holy Trinity Church.

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