Hero soldiers to be honoured

Sgt Nigel Coupe
Sgt Nigel Coupe

THE names of two hero soldiers will be added to St Annes War Memorial on Sunday at 3pm.

The service of rededication is in honour of Sergeant Nigel Coupe and Lance Corporal Stephen Burrows.

Lance Corporal Burrows, who died in a car-bomb attack on an army checkpoint in Northern Ireland in 1990, is listed on the “Other conflict” plaque on the memorial. The plaque is being recast to allow for the addition of Sergeant Coupe’s name.

Father-of-two Sergeant Coupe, a member of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and a former pupil at Mayfield Primary School, St Annes, died aged 33 in Afghanistan in March. The armoured vehicle he and five comrades were travelling in was destroyed by a Taliban bomb and all six soldiers killed.

Members of both families will attend the rededication service which will be led by the Rev David Lyon, vicar of the parish church of St Annes, and Padre Philip Burrows, of Weeton Barracks.

Guests will include Army representatives, councillors, regimental association representatives, War Memorials Trust representatives and Mark Menzies MP.

Coun Ed Nash, Fylde Council’s armed forces member, said: “I hope many members of the public will come to pay their respects to these brave men.

“It is right but sad that we add the names of people who have died to protect us all. The people of Fylde will always hold them in the deepest admiration.

“Both Sergeant Coupe and Lance Corporal Burrows lost their lives making life safer for the rest of us and that must never be forgotten. We will never take the bravery of our troops for granted.”

The service will include the reading of names, laying of wreaths, the Last Post bugle requiem, bugle reveille, prayers and a reading of a poem by Nicola Marlton-Thomas, the widow of Corporal Loren Marlton-Thomas who died while searching for roadside bombs in Afghanistan in 2009.