Fiancee of Daniel Wade says she still has not come to terms with his loss (From Warrington Guardian)
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Fiancee of Daniel Wade says she still has not come to terms with his loss
2:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
THE fiancee of soldier Daniel Wade, who was killed serving his country in Afghanistan, has said she has still not come to terms with her loss.
An inquest ruled on Thursday the 20-year-old Latchford man had been unlawfully killed on active service alongside five of his colleagues.
The six men were on patrol in a Warrior armoured vehicle on March 6 last year when they were struck by a Taliban bomb blast so powerful it turned their vehicle upside down and blew off its gun turret.
It was the biggest single loss of life in an enemy attack for UK Afghanistan forces since 2001.
Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said there was ‘nothing their comrades could have done to rescue or save them’.
The inquest heard two Warriors left on a patrol from a base in southern Afghanistan just after 6.30pm local time but soon after the Warrior travelling in front triggered a pressure plate which detonated an improvised explosive device (IEDs).
A fierce fire broke out which set off ammunition inside the vehicle and hampered fellow soldiers’ efforts to put out the fire and get into the bombed vehicle.
Families at the inquest also heard evidence from pathologists who said the men were likely to have been killed or rendered unconscious immediately by the blast.
Mr Slater added: "This is a tragic loss of these six soldiers and these young lives.
"At least it is very clear from the evidence of the two pathologists and the evidence of those who witnessed the strike that they did not suffer."
The former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil died just 21 days into his first tour of Afghanistan and never got to meet his daughter Lexie-Mai.
Speaking on the steps of the courtroom after the verdict, fiancee Emma Hickman said: “It is important to me that Lexie grows up knowing what happened to her father.
“Dan felt it was an honour to serve his country and we are very proud of him.
“From the struggle to establish Lexie’s identity and hearing all the evidence, it has been an exhausting ordeal and we have still not come to terms with our loss.”
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