– Major Birkett
"One word to sum him up - inspirational. A fantastic leader of men, a superb soldier. He had such an affiliation, a close bond with his men that actually he was called 'dad' throughout the tour. That's what they thought of him. He is one-in-a-million, certainly a guy that will be remembered for everything right. He epitomises everything right in the Army."
The funeral will take place of Sgt Gareth Thursby in his home town of Skipton. He was was killed, along with colleague private Thomas Wroe of Holmfirth, by a rogue Afghan policeman.