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Skipton soldier named as Afghanistan shooting victim
8:11am Monday 17th September 2012 in News
A soldier who was killed with his colleague by a man dressed as an Afghan policeman has been named as Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, of Skipton.
Married father-of-two Sergeant Thursby and Private Thomas Wroe, 18, were shot dead in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province on Saturday.
They both served in 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s).
The men were killed at a checkpoint when a man dressed as a local Afghan policeman pretended to be injured so they would help him, defence sources said.
Sgt Thursby, a former pupil of South Craven School in Cross Hills, near Keighley, is survived by his wife Louise and two children, Joshua and Ruby.