Proud day for soldier’s widow

Sgt Nigel Coupes name on the war memorial (below) will be a lovely idea, says his widow Natalie (bottom).

Sgt Nigel Coupes name on the war memorial (below) will be a lovely idea, says his widow Natalie (bottom).

  • by Elizabeth Broughton

AN HEROIC soldier killed in action is set to be honoured with a lasting memorial in his hometown.

Sgt Nigel Coupe was killed alongside five of his comrades in a devastating Taliban attack in March.

And next month Fylde Council will add his name to the St Annes war memorial as a tribute to the sacrifice he made fighting for his country.

The 33-year-old father-of-two lived in the town with his widow Natalie, who said it would be a “proud and emotional” day when her husband’s name was unveiled.

She added: “It’s a lovely thing for the council to do.

“It’s a lovely idea especially for the children, who will always be able to see his name up there and be proud.

“The council came to me and said they wanted to do this in Nigel’s memory.

“It’s going to be a really proud day. It will be emotional, but in a proud way.”

Sgt Coupe, a former Mayfield Primary School pupil, was on patrol with comrades Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, and Privates Anthony Frampton, 20, Christopher Kershaw, 19, Daniel Wade, 20, and Daniel Wilford, 21, when they were killed near the border between Helmand and Kandahar provinces on March 6.

The St Annes soldier, a member of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and his colleagues, all members of The Yorkshire Regiment’s 3rd Battalion, were patrolling in a Warrior armoured vehicle when it was hit by an improvised explosive device.

The ceremony will take place in Ashton Gardens at 3pm on Sunday, November 4, and will also mark the re-dedication of the plaque to Lance Corporal Stephen Burrows.

He was already listed on the memorial after being killed in action in Northern Ireland in 1990, but the plaque bearing his name has had to be re-cast to include Sgt Coupe’s name and members of his family are also expected to the service.

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 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 Sgt 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 Rev David Lyon, vicar of the parish church of St Annes, and Padre Philip Burrows, of Weeton Barracks, will lead the ceremony which will be attended by guests including Fylde MP Mark Menzies, councillors and army and regimental association representatives.


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