20-year-old British Army Corporal Jake Hartley, from Dewsbury, was one of six British soldiers killed in action on 6th March 2012 when the Warrior AFV he was in struck a huge bomb during a patrol in Helmand Province.
He joined the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in December 2008 and his potential was immediately recognised. Corporal Hartley had a very bright future in the Army and he was already promoting well ahead of his years, which is testament to his soldiering ability.
Major Edward Colver, Officer Commanding Corunna Company, 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: "Corporal Hartley was quite simply one of the best Non-Commissioned Officers I have ever had the privilege of working with. From the moment I met him on exercise on the prairies of Canada I knew he was a star of the future."
Cpl. Hartley leaves behind his mother and stepfather, Nathalie and Mark, brother Ethan and uncle and best friend, Luke.