Four of the five Wiltshire-based soldiers killed in Afghanistan were aged 20. Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19 and Private Daniel Wade, 20 were killed alongside Private Daniel Wilford, 21.
All of them were from 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment based in Warminster. They died when their Warrior armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion in Helmand Province on Tuesday evening. Sergeant Nigel Coupe, 33, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was also killed.
Five Wiltshire-based soldiers killed in an explosion in Afghanistan have been named. The Ministry of Defence have confirmed the deaths of Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 20, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21.
The men from 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment had been travelling in an armoured vehicle when it was caught in an explosion. A soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was also killed in the explosion. He was named as Sergeant Nigel Coupe, aged 33.
The latest deaths bring the total number of UK service personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 404.
The head of the Armed Forces has insisted Britain's military strategy in Afghanistan will not change despite the deaths of six soldiers killed in the country this week. Five of the soldiers were based in Warminster.
They were killed in the deadliest single enemy attack on UK troops since the war began alongside a soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. General Sir David Richards vowed the country would "hold its nerve" and continue combat operations in the region until the end of 2014.
War Widow Kirianne Curley has described her 'horror' at the news yesterday that six British soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan. Her husband Corporal Stephen Curley from 40 Commando RoyalMarines was killed in Afghanistanin May 2010.
The five soldiers based in Warminster who were killed in Afghanistan are expected to be named today. Their families have already been told. A sixth soldier who was based outside Wiltshire also died in the explosion which caused the biggest single loss of British lives in Afghanistan since 2006