33-year-old British Army Sergeant Nigel Coupe, from Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire, 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.
The senior Non-commissioned Officer served with the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and was attached to 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment as a Warrior Sergeant in 7 Platoon, Corunna Company. He joined the Army in January 1996 and was enlisted into The Queen's Lancashire Regiment which subsequently became 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wood, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, said: "Sergeant Nigel Coupe was quite simply an outstanding soldier who epitomised all that a sergeant from The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment should be.
"Professional, courageous and utterly dedicated to his job, he was highly-regarded by all who worked with him. Those who had the pleasure to spend time with him whether in the back of his Warrior, in the mess, or out in the field, were touched by his humour, his kindness and his willingness to help others. Everyone who knew him wanted to be with him. He was completely selfless."
Sgt. Coupe leaves behind his beloved wife Natalie, and two children, Ella and Jasmine, mother Elaine, father Alan, sister Linda and grandfather Roy.