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Mental health unit opened in memory of fallen soldier

Private Tom Wroe and his family should have been celebrating 19th birthday this week. But last September, Tom became one of the youngest British soldiers to die in Afghanistan when he was killed by a rogue Afghan policeman.

His parents have now opened a new facility in his memory, aimed at helping those with learning difficulties and mental health problems. It's in his home village of Meltham near Holmfirth and it's named the Tom Wroe Unit.

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Full military funeral for Private Wroe

Colleagues carry the coffin of Private Thomas Wroe Credit: Calendar news

Private Thomas Wroe is being buried with full military honours in his home village of Meltham, near Huddersfield. Hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects as the cortege passed by. The service is being held at St Bartholomew's Church and will be followed by a private burial.

Hundreds line the streets of Meltham Credit: Calendar news
Soldiers pay their respects to the cortege Credit: Calendar news

Private Wroe was just 18 when he was shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province on September 15th along with Sgt Gareth Thursby from Skipton.

Funeral for fallen teen soldier

Private Tom Wroe Credit: Ministry of Defence

The funeral of teenage soldier Private Tom Wroe will be held on Friday October 5th. The eighteen year old from Skipton, was serving with the 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment,

when he and a colleague, Sgt. Gareth Thursby, were shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier who they had gone to help because they thought he was injured.

Private Wroe's funeral will be held at 12 noon at St Bartholomew's Church in Meltham, near Holmfirth.