Service in Warminster marks Afghanistan bomb soldiers' deaths

The six dead soldiers
Image caption Clockwise from top left: Pte Wade, Pte Wilford, Pte Frampton, Pte Kershaw, Cpl Hartley and Sgt Coupe

Sunday services in Warminster have paid tribute to the six Wiltshire-based soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

A vehicle carrying the soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster Regiment was hit on Tuesday.

Prayers, candles, and a moment of silence were offered to help the community reflect on those lives lost.

The Reverend Harvey Gibbons, of the Minster Church of Saint Denys, said the town has been in a state of shock.

'Proud history'

"Warminster has a very long and proud history with the army.

"Having the Royal British Legion here this morning seemed to be the right thing to do.

"The town's mayor and councillors came here to show their respects and stood alongside with the troops from Battlesbury Barracks," he added.

Churches remained open across the town on Sunday for those who wanted to pay tribute, pray or spend time in silent reflection.

The incident is the biggest loss of UK life in a single incident in Afghanistan since 2006.

The 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment is based at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster and The Duke of Lancaster Regiment is based at Somme Barracks in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

The dead were Cpl Jake Hartley, 20; Pte Anthony Frampton, 20; Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19; Pte Daniel Wade, 20; Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, and Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33.

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