Sergeant Nigel Coupe from St Annes died along with Private Daniel Wade from Warrington and four others when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province earlier this week. Today Sergeant Coupe's widow and mother spoke of their pain. Clare Fallon reports
– Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wood, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Sergeant Nigel Coupe was quite simply an outstanding soldier who epitomised all that a sergeant from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment should be."Professional, courageous and utterly dedicated to his job, he was highly regarded by all who worked with him.
Company commander Major Edward Colver said Pte Wade had volunteered to be a Warrior driver and excelled on his training course. He said he "was never happier than when covered in grease, cleaning vehicle tracks.''
Elaine Freeman the mother of Lancashire soldier Sergeant Nigel Cope pays tribute to her son who was killed in Afghanistan in a bomb blast on Tuesday.
John Sharples Headteacher at Sir Thomas Boteler school where Private Wade was a former pupil. The 20 year old was killed in a bomb blast in Helmand province on Tuesday.
The family of Sergeant Nigel Coupe have paid tribute. He's been praised as a fiercely dedicated soldier but also a man devoted to his wife and children. He lived in St Anne's, Lancashire, with his wife Natalie, and he left two daughters, Ella and Jasmine.
His family have just released a statement:
"Nigel was a loving grandson, son, husband and daddy who doted on his two little princesses. He dedicated almost 17 years of his life to the Army and we are immensely proud of all that he achieved in his short life. He was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed."
Payers will be said for 20 year old Warrington soldier Private Daniel Wade at his former school today. A special assembly will be held at Sir Thomas Boteler this morning. Daniel was killed alongside 33 year old Sergeant Nigel Coupe from Lancashire in a bomb blast in Afghanistan earlier this week.
Cadets in Warrington have a laid a wreath in memory of Private Daniel Wade, who was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday. The twenty-year-old soldier had joined the cadets while he was at school, before taking a commission in Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.