Yorkshire soldiers repatriated

The bodies of two soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment are to be brought home today. Sergeant Gareth Thursby and Private Thomas Wroe were shot dead in Afghanistan on Saturday by a man dressed in the uniform of the Afghan local police.

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Bishop of Wakefield's condolences to Pvt Thomas Wroe

The Bishop of Wakefield has paid his condolences to Private Thomas Wroe, one of the two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. 18 year old Private Wroe is being repatriated alongside Sergeant Gareth Thursby.

"This death will devastate the families and friends of those involved and the local community of Meltham. My prayers and condolences are with all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The Church will be doing all it can to support the communities and people affected."

– The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt. Rev’d. Stephen Platten


Soldiers' bodies to be flown home

Sgt Gareth Thursby, left and Private Thomas Wroe Credit: Ministry of Defence

The bodies of two Yorkshire soldiers killed last weekend in Afghanistan are being brought home today. Sgt Gareth Thursby, a father of two from Skipton, and eighteen year old Private Thomas Wroe from Meltham will be flown back to RAF Brize Norton.

School pay tribute to Sergeant Gareth Thursby

South Craven School have issued this statement paying tribute to their former student Gareth Thursby who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday:-

Gareth Thursby was a student here at South Craven School from 1994 to 1999. Staff remember him as a very talented sportsman, who keenly represented the school. He was ‘always in the thick of it’ and enjoyed the competitive side of life.

He was a fearless sportsman, but also had a strong instinct to help others.The Army was always his passion. During his school career he was also a member of the Skipton Army Cadet Force and joined the Army upon leaving school.

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