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The parents of Private Thomas Wroe of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, paid tribute to their teenage son today.
Private Wroe was shot dead in on Saturday in Afghanistan by a recent recruit to the new Afghan police force. The attack was the latest in a series of so-called 'green on blue' ambushes that are raising serious questions about the future of the country. Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports.
The parents of Private Thomas Wroe today paid tribute to their teenage son killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. Speaking from their family home Mr Wroe said:
"He was a proper little soldier. He wasn't interested in anything else - he just wanted to be in the Army. It's all he ever wanted to do."
"He was following in the family footsteps and fulfilling his life's dream. He was a hero - a well-loved hero. We're a military family .... so we all knew the risks. We just never thought this would happen to Tom, and nothing can prepare you for that news."
The headteacher of Private Thomas Wroe, who was killed in Helmand province in Afghanistan has described him as a "positive, smiling, charming individual". Mr Chris Sylge said:
The Ministry of Defence has released these photographs of the two soldiers from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment who were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday.
They are Sergeant Gareth Thursby and Private Thomas James Wroe.
Private Tom Wroe, who was shot in Afghanistan on Saturday, had only been in 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment for a few months.
According to his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Stenning MBE, he had "pushed hard to join the Regiment in Afghanistan" at the soonest opportunity.
He added that despite his young age, he had impressed his colleagues with his degree of professionalism and commitment.
Private Thomas James Wroe's family has released this statement following the news that he was shot in Afghanistan on Saturday:
Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Stenning MBE, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s), said of Sergeant Gareth Thursby:
The wife of Sergeant Gareth David Thursby, who was shot in Afghanistan on Saturday, has described him as "brave" and a "loving husband". Louise said:
The Ministry of Defence has named the two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday as Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, and Private Thomas Wroe, 18, both of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).
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