Tragic soldier’s daughter: ‘Daddy is a star now’

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The daughter of Sgt Nigel Coupe told her mother that “daddy is a star now” after his death alongside five colleagues in the Afghanistan bomb attack, his widow revealed.

The 33-year-old, of 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was killed on Tuesday alongside Corporal Jake Hartley, 20, Private Anthony Frampton, 20, Private Christopher Kershaw, 19, Private Daniel Wade, 20, and Private Daniel Wilford, 21, all of 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment.

Today, his wife, Natalie Coupe, 28, and his mother, Elaine Freeman, 53, both paid tearful tributes to the father of two girls, Ella, aged five and Jasmine, aged two.

Mrs Coupe, from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, said: “Nigel was my husband, best friend and soulmate. He was a loving husband and doting daddy to our precious little girls.

“Everyone who knew Nigel would agree he was a thoughtful, caring, selfless person. Words can’t describe the loss and hurt we feel.

“Nigel would be touched by all the support we are getting from family, friends and the British Army, in which he loyally served.

Sergeant Nigel Coupe

Sergeant Nigel Coupe

“I also have no doubt in my mind that he would be proud of our children and the way in which they have dealt with his untimely death.

“Our eldest daughter Ella said: ‘Daddy is a star now’.

“Everyone who knew Nigel would know he has always been a star, the only difference is now he’s shining in a different place.”

Sgt Coupe was “fiercely proud” to serve his country and regiment, the family said.

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