Funeral of Sgt Nigel Coupe

Sgt Nigel Coupe Photo: MOD

The first funeral of the six Warminster-based soldiers killed by a Taliban bomb in Afghanistan last month will take place today. Sergeant Nigel Coupe was the oldest of six soldiers killed on March 6th while on patrol in Helmand Province. It was the biggest single loss of British lives in Afghanistan since 2006.

The bodies of the soldiers were repatriated on March 20

Killed alongside him were Corporal Jake Hartley, Private Anthony Frampton, Private Daniel Wade, Private Daniel Wilford and Private Christopher Kershaw. Private Kershaw was just 19. Their funerals will take place over the next few weeks.

Six Warminster-based soldiers killed in Afghnistan in March Credit: MOD

Sgt Coupe's funeral will take place at St Annes Parish Church in Lancashire, where he lived. The 33-year-old had been on secondment to 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment from 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

Tributes left at the barracks in Warminster where the men were based

More than £10,000 has been raised in Warminster towards setting up a memorial to the men at the barracks. Books of condolence from the town have been handed over to the battalion to pass on to the families.

Hundreds paid their respects to the soldiers at a parade in the town.

Described as an ‘outstanding’ soldier by his colleagues, Sgt Coupe leaves his wife Natalie and two children.

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. Words can’t describe the loss we feel.

– Family of Sgt Nigel Coupe

Corporal Jake Hartley's funeral will take place at Christ Church, New Mill, Holmfirth on April 30. Private Anthony Frampton and Pte Daniel Wilford's funerals will be held at Huddersfield Parish Church on May 2 and 4 respectively. The funeral of Pte Christopher Kershaw, who was from Bradford, will take place on May 24 at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Idle, Bradford. Pte Daniel Wade's funeral will take place at St Elphin Parish Church in his home town of Warrington in Cheshire on May 11.