Tributes to North West soldiers

Sergeant Nigel Coupe and Private Daniel Wade were killed on Tuesday Photo:

Tributes are being paid to North West soldiers killed along with four others in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

The uncle of Warrington soldier, 20 year old Private Daniel Wade, described him as a "loving, loyal, supportive" young man who would live on in the child his fiance is expecting.

Reading a statement outside the family's home in, Cheshire, Dave Hamilton was flanked by Pte Wade's mother, Lisa Billing, and 19-year-old fiance Emma Hickman, who is expected to give birth in June.

Both women cried as Mr Hamilton read out the statement, which began by offering his sympathies to the other five families who lost loved ones in the attack.

He said: "On Tuesday we were hit with the devastating news that our Daniel, our lovely, loving son, fiance, brother, nephew and friend was killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan.

"Daniel was 20-years-old and like any other normal 20-year-old he was just finding his feet in life, building a future for himself and his fiance Emma.

"Emma adored Dan, he was her life and will remain so, both in her heart and through the life of their first child expected in June.

"He was a typical, young, fun-loving lad who had his whole life ahead of him.

"He loved his family, and his mum Lisa and sister Stacey could not have asked for a more loving, loyal, supportive young man to have shared their everyday lives with.

"Words cannot describe how utterly devastated we all feel at such a difficult time but we also cannot put into words how immensely proud of Daniel we all feel, not just as a soldier but as a man.

Floral tributes were laid outside 33 year old Sergeant Nigel Coupe's home. His commanding officer Leuitentant Colonel Zac Stenning of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, he said, "He returned to us from the Armoured Training Centre Bovington, where he excelled as an Instructor. He was proud to be a Lancashire Soldier in a Yorkshire Battalion. His technical prowess was unmatched; he was, quite simply, the best. Today we have lost one of our brothers who led and mentored those above and below him with true humility."