Hundreds expected at hero Jake's funeral

THE FUNERAL of an Earlsheaton solider killed in Afghanistan is due to held on Monday near Holmfirth.

Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, was one of six troops from the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment who died last month.

The Warrior armoured vehicle they were travelling in was blown up by a roadside bomb planted by insurgents.

Hundreds of people are expected to honour Cpl Hartley at a Christ Church, New Mill, service from 1.30pm.

Speakers could be set up outside to allow those who cannot get in to listen to the service. It will be followed by a private burial.

Cpl Hartley's family attended a Huddersfield ceremony last Saturday in which he was awarded the Elizabeth Cross.

It was presented by the Queen's representative in West Yorkshire, Lord Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe.

The Elizabeth Cross, for armed forces personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism, was also given the Cpl Hartley's five colleagues.

Lieutenant Colonel David O'Kelly, of the Yorkshire Regiment, said: "It was a very poignant occasion touched with pride and sadness.

"The Elizabeth Cross is a fitting way of showing an enduring debt to those who gave their lives fighting for our security and freedom."

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