Memorial plaque unveiled for soldier, 19, killed during first tour of Afghanistan

A POIGNANT memorial parade and blessing to honour Rifleman Luke Farmer was held at Upton, near Pontefract, in the pouring rain yesterdayIt is just over a year since Rifleman Farmer, 19, was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, and his family, colleagues and friends, supported by Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council, have united to provide a special plaque in his memory at the war memorial, in Harewood Lane.

Parents Angela and Mark were joined by civic dignitaries, members of his regiment, the Royal British Legion, Sea, Army and Air cadets, members of Upton Rugby Club and other friends for a march and service.

The service and blessing of the plaque was carried out by the Rev Derek Mathers, Rector of Badsworth.

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Rifleman Farmer, who served with the 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, was killed while on patrol in Helmand province.

At the time of his death Mr Farmer paid tribute to his son describing how he was the "proudest dad" at seeing him join the Army.

Rifleman Farmer, from Pontefract, had only joined the Army in 2008 and was on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Relatives described him as an avid rugby league player and outstanding athlete .