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Hospital ward named after soldier

Corporal Jake Hartley was just 20 when he died Credit: Ministry of Defence

The mother of Corporal Jake Hartley - one of five Yorkshire soldiers killed last March when an IOD blew up their Warrior armoured vehicle - has today officially opened a new hospital ward named after her son.

Several of Corporal Hartley's comrades who served with him in Afghanistan were there for the ceremony at Dewsbury's New Priory Hospital. Earlier, Natalie Taylor planted a tree at the Earlsheaton Technology College in Dewsbury - where Jake was a pupil.

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"Unique and Charismatic"

Corporal Jake Hartley has been hailed as an inspiring young man who was "all young soldiers should aspire to be". Cpl Hartley, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, would have been 21 tomorrow. He was known as JJ. Cpl Hartley joined 3 Yorks in December 2008.

Corporal Hartley was quite simply one of the best non-commissioned officers I have ever had the privilege of working with.The Yorkshire Regiment has lost one of its best.

– Company commander Major Edward Colver

Corporal Hartley was a unique and charismatic personality who had the ability to inspire those around him. His passion for life and professional attitude were an example to all.

– Platoon commander Lieutenant Daniel Brennan