Family tribute to hero Fylde soldier

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A HERO soldier killed in Afghanistan was today hailed as “simply the best”.

Sgt Nigel Coupe, 33, a father-of-two, from St Annes, was on patrol in Helmand Province when his armoured vehicle was hit by a Taliban bomb.

He was one of six soldiers killed in the attack.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Natalie and two children, Ella and Jasmine, mother Elaine, father Alan, sister Linda and grandfather Roy.

The family of Sergeant Coupe have paid the following tribute:

“Nigel was a loving grandson, son, husband and daddy who doted on his two little princesses.

“He dedicated almost 17 years of his life to the Army and we are immensely proud of all that he achieved in his short life.

“He was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed. Words can’t describe the loss we feel.

“We request that we are left alone to grieve in peace as a family.”

Lt Colonel Zac Stenning, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, added: “He was quite simply, the best.”

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