Soldier funeral

Private Daniel Wilford

The funeral of a soldier from West Yorkshire who was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan will take place at Huddersfield Parish Church later.

Private Daniel Wilford, 21, of the Third Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died alongside five colleagues while on patrol in Kandahar province on 6 March.

The soldier was described by colleagues as "hugely popular".

The funeral of Private Anthony Frampton, 20, who also died in the attack, was held at the same church this week.

Also killed in the attack were Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, and Private Daniel Wade, 20, all also of 3 Yorks, and Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33, of the First Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

The soldiers, who had been in Afghanistan for only a few weeks, were killed when their Warrior vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device about 25 miles north of the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah.

Pte Wilford's aunt, Susan Clarke, said after his death her nephew would be remembered as a "fun-loving, caring, proud lad".

Company commander Maj Edward Colver said: "He was unassuming, uncomplicated and honest to the core.

"He was hugely popular amongst the lads and will be sorely missed by Corunna Company, his comrades and his friends."

Private Wilford leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Diane and Paul Sharples, his brother Alex and his grandparents.