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Regiment urges public support as Afghan soldiers repatriated
The regiment of five of six soldiers killed by the same bomb in Afghanistan is urging people to fly flags at half mast when their bodies are repatriated.
The troops, including five from 3 Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, died when a bomb exploded under their vehicle in Helmand province on 6 March.
Their bodies will be flown to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire later.
The Yorkshire Regiment has asked for flags to be flown at half mast as an "act of remembrance".
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, were killed when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit.
The five younger men were from 3 Battalion while Sgt Coupe was on secondment to the regiment from 1 Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
All six soldiers were based at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, Wiltshire.
Lt Col David O’Kelly, regimental secretary of The Yorkshire Regiment, said: "The Yorkshire Regiment is a very close knit family and we’re doing all we can at the moment to support our families who are most in need at this moment.
"The public response has been very encouraging and hugely supportive.
"What I would love to see is the county getting behind us and for those organisations who normally fly a flag, perhaps to fly it at half mast as an appropriate act of remembrance for the soldiers being repatriated."
It must be accepted as a principle that the rifle, effective as it is, cannot replace the devastation produced on the enemy by the speed of the horse, the magnetism of the charge, and the terror of cold steel. - British Army Cavalry training manual 1907