OppO News: 6 Soldiers bodies brought home

Latest News: Bodies of six soldiers killed in Afghanistan brought home

The bodies of six soldiers killed by the same blast in Afghanistan have arrived back in the UK.

Cpl Jake Hartley, 20

Pte Anthony Frampton, 20

Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19

Pte Daniel Wade, 20

Pte Daniel Wilford, 21

Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33.

The troops died on 6th March 2012 when a bomb exploded under their vehicle in Helmand province.

Their bodies were flown to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Sgt Coupe was from 1 Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and was on secondment to 3 Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment to which the other five soldiers belonged.

'Hugely supportive'
All six soldiers were based at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, Wiltshire.

The bodies of the soldiers arrived back at RAF Brize Norton
The Yorkshire Regiment asked for flags to be flown at half mast as an act of remembrance.

Flags on Bishopthorpe Palace, the Archbishop of York's residence, were flying at half-mast to honour the soldiers.

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 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."