North West soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment is one of six missing, believed killed, in Afghanistan after their Warrior Armoured Vehicle was caught in an explosion.

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Tribute to Sergeant Coupe from 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.

– Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wood, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

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Family tribute to Sergeant Nigel Coupe

33 year old Sergeant Nigel Coupe

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."

Prayers for Private Wade

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 pay tribute

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.

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