Soldiers were “unlawfully killed”

Soldiers who died in Afghanistan were "unlawfully killed". (Top row left to right) Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton, with (bottom row left to right) Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford.
Soldiers who died in Afghanistan were "unlawfully killed". (Top row left to right) Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton, with (bottom row left to right) Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford.

A St Annes soldier was among six British servicemen who were “unlawfully killed on active service” following a bomb blast in Afghanistan, a coroner has ruled.

Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33, a father-of-two from St Annes, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was killed alongside Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, Pte Anthony Frampton, 20, Pte Christopher Kershaw, 19, Pte Daniel Wade, 20, and Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, all of 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.

The six men were on patrol in a Warrior armoured vehicle when it was caught in an explosion on March 6 last year.

An inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court heard the blast was so powerful it turned their vehicle upside down and blew off its gun turret.

The vehicle was patrolling with another Warrior when it was blown up by the bomb about 25 miles north of the capital of Helmand, Lashkar Gah.