UPDATED: Soldier from Duke of Lancaster's Regiment killed in Afghanistan named

Blackpool Citizen: KILLED Sgt Nigel Coupe KILLED Sgt Nigel Coupe

THE soldier killed in Afghanistan from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment has been named this morning as Sergeant Nigel Coupe.

The 33-year-old was one of six soldiers who were killed in an explosion yesterday, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The other five soldiers were from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

They are: Corporal Jake Hartley, 20; Private Anthony Frampton, 20; Private Christopher Kershaw, 20; Private Daniel Wade, 20; Private Daniel Wilford, 21.

It is the biggest single loss of UK life at one time in Afghanistan since a Nimrod crash killed 14 in 2006.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the soldiers were part of a two Warrior patrol when their vehicle was hit.

Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking yesterday, said: “This is a desperately sad day for our country and desperately sad of course for the families concerned. It is a reminder of the huge price that we are paying for the work we are doing in Afghanistan and the sacrifice that our troops have made and continue to make.

“I do believe it’s important work for our national security right here at home but of course this work will increasingly be carried out by Afghan soldiers and we all want to see that transition take place.

“But today we should think of the families.”

The total number of British military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 is now 404.

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9:51am Wed 7 Mar 12

Izanears says...

This now brings the total killed to 400. When he was Defence Secretary John Reid boasted that we would be in and out of Afghanistan without a shot being fired. I wonder he can sleep at night.
This now brings the total killed to 400. When he was Defence Secretary John Reid boasted that we would be in and out of Afghanistan without a shot being fired. I wonder he can sleep at night. Izanears
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10:53am Wed 7 Mar 12

shytalk says...

The military have done a fantastic job over there at great sacrifice. More than can be said for the politicians. The sad thing is there have never been any casualties amongst the Westminster regiment.
The military have done a fantastic job over there at great sacrifice. More than can be said for the politicians. The sad thing is there have never been any casualties amongst the Westminster regiment. shytalk
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11:22am Wed 7 Mar 12

White Eagle says...

Isn't it time to bring our troops home To much British Blood has been given by our troops.

The Russian Military could't beat the Taliban nor will the British.

Time to call it a day, let the Afgans fight their own battles.
Isn't it time to bring our troops home To much British Blood has been given by our troops. The Russian Military could't beat the Taliban nor will the British. Time to call it a day, let the Afgans fight their own battles. White Eagle
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11:42am Wed 7 Mar 12

ossybolt says...

More of our brave soldiers die,and for what? Politicians say
its making our country safe from
terrorists,yet more illegal
immigrants enter the country
every week.From where? iraq,iran,Afghanista
n to name but a few.
More of our brave soldiers die,and for what? Politicians say its making our country safe from terrorists,yet more illegal immigrants enter the country every week.From where? iraq,iran,Afghanista n to name but a few. ossybolt
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12:06pm Wed 7 Mar 12

retired one says...

It is about time our soldiers were brought out of Afghanistan. Too many of their lives have been lost already, whilst terrorists are allowed to continue living in this country. What is the point of our soldiers lives being lost when the battle will never be won. Let them fight it out themselves.
May these unfortunate soldiers rest in peace.
It is about time our soldiers were brought out of Afghanistan. Too many of their lives have been lost already, whilst terrorists are allowed to continue living in this country. What is the point of our soldiers lives being lost when the battle will never be won. Let them fight it out themselves. May these unfortunate soldiers rest in peace. retired one
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2:41pm Wed 7 Mar 12

nice person says...

White Eagle wrote:
Isn't it time to bring our troops home To much British Blood has been given by our troops.

The Russian Military could't beat the Taliban nor will the British.

Time to call it a day, let the Afgans fight their own battles.
Well said ..
[quote][p][bold]White Eagle[/bold] wrote: Isn't it time to bring our troops home To much British Blood has been given by our troops. The Russian Military could't beat the Taliban nor will the British. Time to call it a day, let the Afgans fight their own battles.[/p][/quote]Well said .. nice person
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3:18pm Wed 7 Mar 12

jack daniels says...

Throughout the invasion of Afghanistan, I’ve always felt that we where suppressing the terrorist training camps and bringing fundamental human rights to the people of this war torn country. There are many people, especially women, which now have the opportunity of education and basic choice not imposed by the Koran. Unfortunately, it seems the government of Afghanistan has been in contact with crazy Taliban and they are looking at some return of their crack pot ideas.

Things like women not being allowed to school or even allowed out with a male guardian.

It’s time to ask ourselves, what is the point? NATO has sown the seeds of democracy yet they have landed on barren soil. Pakistan and Africa are the new training grounds of the foreign and domestic Islamic terrorist and our democratic nations need to stock pile ready to defend our freedoms against this new foe.

We owe you so much and it’s time to come home lads….
Throughout the invasion of Afghanistan, I’ve always felt that we where suppressing the terrorist training camps and bringing fundamental human rights to the people of this war torn country. There are many people, especially women, which now have the opportunity of education and basic choice not imposed by the Koran. Unfortunately, it seems the government of Afghanistan has been in contact with crazy Taliban and they are looking at some return of their crack pot ideas. Things like women not being allowed to school or even allowed out with a male guardian. It’s time to ask ourselves, what is the point? NATO has sown the seeds of democracy yet they have landed on barren soil. Pakistan and Africa are the new training grounds of the foreign and domestic Islamic terrorist and our democratic nations need to stock pile ready to defend our freedoms against this new foe. We owe you so much and it’s time to come home lads…. jack daniels
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3:27pm Wed 7 Mar 12

ladysal says...

jack daniels wrote:
Throughout the invasion of Afghanistan, I’ve always felt that we where suppressing the terrorist training camps and bringing fundamental human rights to the people of this war torn country. There are many people, especially women, which now have the opportunity of education and basic choice not imposed by the Koran. Unfortunately, it seems the government of Afghanistan has been in contact with crazy Taliban and they are looking at some return of their crack pot ideas. Things like women not being allowed to school or even allowed out with a male guardian. It’s time to ask ourselves, what is the point? NATO has sown the seeds of democracy yet they have landed on barren soil. Pakistan and Africa are the new training grounds of the foreign and domestic Islamic terrorist and our democratic nations need to stock pile ready to defend our freedoms against this new foe. We owe you so much and it’s time to come home lads….
Hear, hear.
It was all so wonderful when it started: stories of girls gonig to school, women showing their faces and havig careers and now they are going backwards.
We tried, they didn't want to know and the full withdrawal of 2014 can't come fast enough.
Every day I'm glad to be a white british woman: yes its bad here just now, but it could be so much worse.
[quote][p][bold]jack daniels[/bold] wrote: Throughout the invasion of Afghanistan, I’ve always felt that we where suppressing the terrorist training camps and bringing fundamental human rights to the people of this war torn country. There are many people, especially women, which now have the opportunity of education and basic choice not imposed by the Koran. Unfortunately, it seems the government of Afghanistan has been in contact with crazy Taliban and they are looking at some return of their crack pot ideas. Things like women not being allowed to school or even allowed out with a male guardian. It’s time to ask ourselves, what is the point? NATO has sown the seeds of democracy yet they have landed on barren soil. Pakistan and Africa are the new training grounds of the foreign and domestic Islamic terrorist and our democratic nations need to stock pile ready to defend our freedoms against this new foe. We owe you so much and it’s time to come home lads….[/p][/quote]Hear, hear. It was all so wonderful when it started: stories of girls gonig to school, women showing their faces and havig careers and now they are going backwards. We tried, they didn't want to know and the full withdrawal of 2014 can't come fast enough. Every day I'm glad to be a white british woman: yes its bad here just now, but it could be so much worse. ladysal
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4:49pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Noiticer says...

The sad thing is our politicians continue to look for fights elsewhere instead of concentrating on the Home Front and sorting that out plus saving money and livesby not getting involved. Our politicians and military leaders still think we have some kind of imperial influence.
The sad thing is our politicians continue to look for fights elsewhere instead of concentrating on the Home Front and sorting that out plus saving money and livesby not getting involved. Our politicians and military leaders still think we have some kind of imperial influence. Noiticer
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5:25pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Between_the_lions says...

Our troops should not be policing the world. They are for the defence of our nation.

Jack Straw could have stopped the war (he said) Somewhat later he went on to say he didn't really agree with the war. (lost the link for that one)
Jack Straw sent our boys to war for one reason, his political career.
Hope your gold plated pension was worth 400 lives and the bankruptcy of the UK Jack.
Our troops should not be policing the world. They are for the defence of our nation. Jack Straw could have stopped the war (he said) Somewhat later he went on to say he didn't really agree with the war. (lost the link for that one) Jack Straw sent our boys to war for one reason, his political career. Hope your gold plated pension was worth 400 lives and the bankruptcy of the UK Jack. Between_the_lions
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5:40pm Wed 7 Mar 12

grumpyoldlady says...

Sadly more wasted young lives. Afghanistan is not yet ready to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century let alone the 21st. It doesn't matter when our troops are brought home, Afghanistan will revert to the backward looking country it has always and will always be. Taliban, corruption, men who have no respect for women etc. etc. Is there a single person left in the UK who believes all this politician speak about how we are making progress there? I think not. The previous and present governments should be hanging their heads in shame. RIP brave young soldiers.
Sadly more wasted young lives. Afghanistan is not yet ready to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century let alone the 21st. It doesn't matter when our troops are brought home, Afghanistan will revert to the backward looking country it has always and will always be. Taliban, corruption, men who have no respect for women etc. etc. Is there a single person left in the UK who believes all this politician speak about how we are making progress there? I think not. The previous and present governments should be hanging their heads in shame. RIP brave young soldiers. grumpyoldlady
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6:03pm Wed 7 Mar 12

burner says...

. . . . all for nothing . . . no gain whatsoever !
. . . . all for nothing . . . no gain whatsoever ! burner
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6:13pm Wed 7 Mar 12

hairy mary says...

what a twisted world we live in
what a twisted world we live in hairy mary
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7:08pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Yorkshire Dave from gods county says...

A sad day for both Yorkshire and Lancashire. RIP brave ones
A sad day for both Yorkshire and Lancashire. RIP brave ones Yorkshire Dave from gods county
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9:12pm Wed 7 Mar 12

California Blue says...

6 more young men sadly lost, UK government should be ashamed sending these young men to fight battles we don't need to fight. 6 more families that will never recover and never live a day without a memory of this dreadful loss. Let's get these young people home enough is enough.
6 more young men sadly lost, UK government should be ashamed sending these young men to fight battles we don't need to fight. 6 more families that will never recover and never live a day without a memory of this dreadful loss. Let's get these young people home enough is enough. California Blue
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9:26pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Hettyharlequin says...

If our troops pull out now then the lives of those lost have been for nothing. It's not just to bring sanity to Afghan that we are there but to defend everything that Britain and other countries hold dear.... like free expression and equal rights for all
If our troops pull out now then the lives of those lost have been for nothing. It's not just to bring sanity to Afghan that we are there but to defend everything that Britain and other countries hold dear.... like free expression and equal rights for all Hettyharlequin
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9:46pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Between_the_lions says...

Hettyharlequin wrote:
If our troops pull out now then the lives of those lost have been for nothing. It's not just to bring sanity to Afghan that we are there but to defend everything that Britain and other countries hold dear.... like free expression and equal rights for all
And you think free expression and equal rights for all will exist if we stayed another 10 years? Not on your nelly.

It's a barbaric culture (like the Christian was) that refuses to evolve. Leave them to it.
[quote][p][bold]Hettyharlequin[/bold] wrote: If our troops pull out now then the lives of those lost have been for nothing. It's not just to bring sanity to Afghan that we are there but to defend everything that Britain and other countries hold dear.... like free expression and equal rights for all[/p][/quote]And you think free expression and equal rights for all will exist if we stayed another 10 years? Not on your nelly. It's a barbaric culture (like the Christian was) that refuses to evolve. Leave them to it. Between_the_lions
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11:17pm Wed 7 Mar 12

RupertsReason says...

For all your Soapbox Rhetoric, it won't make one iota of difference of why, what and whens. The one constant in all this is that these young men don't ask those questions. They just do, and bravely. How about we just remember their actions and sacrifice and respect the families that are still alive, living in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and reading your politically motivated, and at times, misguided views while trying to be proud of their loved ones. Nec Aspera Terrent boys. Lest we forget!
For all your Soapbox Rhetoric, it won't make one iota of difference of why, what and whens. The one constant in all this is that these young men don't ask those questions. They just do, and bravely. How about we just remember their actions and sacrifice and respect the families that are still alive, living in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and reading your politically motivated, and at times, misguided views while trying to be proud of their loved ones. Nec Aspera Terrent boys. Lest we forget! RupertsReason
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11:18pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Good call says...

jack daniels wrote:
Throughout the invasion of Afghanistan, I’ve always felt that we where suppressing the terrorist training camps and bringing fundamental human rights to the people of this war torn country. There are many people, especially women, which now have the opportunity of education and basic choice not imposed by the Koran. Unfortunately, it seems the government of Afghanistan has been in contact with crazy Taliban and they are looking at some return of their crack pot ideas.

Things like women not being allowed to school or even allowed out with a male guardian.

It’s time to ask ourselves, what is the point? NATO has sown the seeds of democracy yet they have landed on barren soil. Pakistan and Africa are the new training grounds of the foreign and domestic Islamic terrorist and our democratic nations need to stock pile ready to defend our freedoms against this new foe.

We owe you so much and it’s time to come home lads….
I hope that warmongering toad bLIAR is happy with 400 dead hundreds,if not thousands of troops injured,probably thousands of afghans dead and injured and opium production up.We aren't in afghan to "protect our freedoms from the Islamic terrorists"
[quote][p][bold]jack daniels[/bold] wrote: Throughout the invasion of Afghanistan, I’ve always felt that we where suppressing the terrorist training camps and bringing fundamental human rights to the people of this war torn country. There are many people, especially women, which now have the opportunity of education and basic choice not imposed by the Koran. Unfortunately, it seems the government of Afghanistan has been in contact with crazy Taliban and they are looking at some return of their crack pot ideas. Things like women not being allowed to school or even allowed out with a male guardian. It’s time to ask ourselves, what is the point? NATO has sown the seeds of democracy yet they have landed on barren soil. Pakistan and Africa are the new training grounds of the foreign and domestic Islamic terrorist and our democratic nations need to stock pile ready to defend our freedoms against this new foe. We owe you so much and it’s time to come home lads….[/p][/quote]I hope that warmongering toad bLIAR is happy with 400 dead hundreds,if not thousands of troops injured,probably thousands of afghans dead and injured and opium production up.We aren't in afghan to "protect our freedoms from the Islamic terrorists" Good call
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6:38am Thu 8 Mar 12

Far East Calling says...

White Eagle the Russian's did not get the better of the Mujadean has they were called then, but l think they would have, if the USA had not armed them with Stinger's, and kept out of it, the USA can't stop interfering in other country's, what a good job they have done in Iraq, and now the corrupt Afghan government his having talks with the Taliban, the entire people and country are not worth a bottle of P@@s.
White Eagle the Russian's did not get the better of the Mujadean has they were called then, but l think they would have, if the USA had not armed them with Stinger's, and kept out of it, the USA can't stop interfering in other country's, what a good job they have done in Iraq, and now the corrupt Afghan government his having talks with the Taliban, the entire people and country are not worth a bottle of P@@s. Far East Calling
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11:17am Thu 8 Mar 12

ladysal says...

RupertsReason wrote:
For all your Soapbox Rhetoric, it won't make one iota of difference of why, what and whens. The one constant in all this is that these young men don't ask those questions. They just do, and bravely. How about we just remember their actions and sacrifice and respect the families that are still alive, living in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and reading your politically motivated, and at times, misguided views while trying to be proud of their loved ones. Nec Aspera Terrent boys. Lest we forget!
I wear my poppy with pride every year and pray for those that don't come back.
I posted this on facebook yesterday:
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
... Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
I had never read the whole poem before, but there is nothing left to say once you print that.
My earlier comments were aimed at the frustraton of watching the Afghans undo all the good work our lads had done: this isn't the story for a political debate.
RIP good lads; I for one will not forget.
[quote][p][bold]RupertsReason[/bold] wrote: For all your Soapbox Rhetoric, it won't make one iota of difference of why, what and whens. The one constant in all this is that these young men don't ask those questions. They just do, and bravely. How about we just remember their actions and sacrifice and respect the families that are still alive, living in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and reading your politically motivated, and at times, misguided views while trying to be proud of their loved ones. Nec Aspera Terrent boys. Lest we forget![/p][/quote]I wear my poppy with pride every year and pray for those that don't come back. I posted this on facebook yesterday: They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: ... Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. I had never read the whole poem before, but there is nothing left to say once you print that. My earlier comments were aimed at the frustraton of watching the Afghans undo all the good work our lads had done: this isn't the story for a political debate. RIP good lads; I for one will not forget. ladysal
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12:21pm Thu 8 Mar 12

berniep says...

Troops have got rid of Osama Bin Laden but there are thousands willing to step into he's sandals.While the koran is still read & believed & Islam is a protected "religion" by governments this war will never end. Get the troops out now & stop sending aid & hush money to the Pakistanis who are hand in hand with the taliban.
Truth is Pakistan is making a fortune out of the British &American governments out of this war & they dont want it to end.
Troops have got rid of Osama Bin Laden but there are thousands willing to step into he's sandals.While the koran is still read & believed & Islam is a protected "religion" by governments this war will never end. Get the troops out now & stop sending aid & hush money to the Pakistanis who are hand in hand with the taliban. Truth is Pakistan is making a fortune out of the British &American governments out of this war & they dont want it to end. berniep
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1:06pm Thu 8 Mar 12

RupertsReason says...

Rest in Peace Nige. Our thoughts go out to Nat and the little ones. A true gent and a truly nice man who will be missed by all.
Loyally you Served.
Rest in Peace Nige. Our thoughts go out to Nat and the little ones. A true gent and a truly nice man who will be missed by all. Loyally you Served. RupertsReason
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2:05pm Thu 8 Mar 12

ghanto says...

bring the soldiers home and they would be safe
bring the soldiers home and they would be safe ghanto
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2:08pm Thu 8 Mar 12

jack daniels says...

RupertsReason wrote:
For all your Soapbox Rhetoric, it won't make one iota of difference of why, what and whens. The one constant in all this is that these young men don't ask those questions. They just do, and bravely. How about we just remember their actions and sacrifice and respect the families that are still alive, living in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and reading your politically motivated, and at times, misguided views while trying to be proud of their loved ones. Nec Aspera Terrent boys. Lest we forget!
Have to disagree old bean! Regardless of the politically motivated views, we need to think that we are being supportive of these servicemen/women and some of our comments on this site, has fulfilled that purpose. Whether it is right or wrong to do this is not your call. We all feel sad about the loss of these brave people, we just do what we can, where we can, to try to show some unity.
[quote][p][bold]RupertsReason[/bold] wrote: For all your Soapbox Rhetoric, it won't make one iota of difference of why, what and whens. The one constant in all this is that these young men don't ask those questions. They just do, and bravely. How about we just remember their actions and sacrifice and respect the families that are still alive, living in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and reading your politically motivated, and at times, misguided views while trying to be proud of their loved ones. Nec Aspera Terrent boys. Lest we forget![/p][/quote]Have to disagree old bean! Regardless of the politically motivated views, we need to think that we are being supportive of these servicemen/women and some of our comments on this site, has fulfilled that purpose. Whether it is right or wrong to do this is not your call. We all feel sad about the loss of these brave people, we just do what we can, where we can, to try to show some unity. jack daniels
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5:21pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Far East Calling says...

beriep you have got it right pal my thoughts regarding how much the country of Afghanistan his worth applies to Pakistan has well.
beriep you have got it right pal my thoughts regarding how much the country of Afghanistan his worth applies to Pakistan has well. Far East Calling
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5:22pm Thu 8 Mar 12

louderfasterlonger says...

We have more pressing issues now with the protection of our own realm regarding the Falkland Islands.
I believe that conditions, economically, politically and technologically have changed vastly since 1982 and the threat from Argentina is one perceived by the people stoked up by the media.
It is still a possibility though that the passionately nationalist and currently unstable government within Argentina will start to flex it's muscle whilst we are engaged elsewhere.
Bring the soldiers home and have them concentrate on the defence of our lands.

My condolences of course go out to the families of these 6 brave men.
We have more pressing issues now with the protection of our own realm regarding the Falkland Islands. I believe that conditions, economically, politically and technologically have changed vastly since 1982 and the threat from Argentina is one perceived by the people stoked up by the media. It is still a possibility though that the passionately nationalist and currently unstable government within Argentina will start to flex it's muscle whilst we are engaged elsewhere. Bring the soldiers home and have them concentrate on the defence of our lands. My condolences of course go out to the families of these 6 brave men. louderfasterlonger
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2:48am Fri 9 Mar 12

beagle says...

Loyally you served. No words good enough, R I P mate.
Eddie H
Loyally you served. No words good enough, R I P mate. Eddie H beagle
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