Monday, September 17, 2012

British Army Private Thomas Wroe

18-year-old British Army Private Thomas Wroe, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's) (3 YORKS) was one of two soldiers shot and killed by a rogue Afghan Local Policeman in Checkpoint Tora in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on 15th September 2012. The other soldier killed was Sergeant Gareth Thursby

Private Thomas James Wroe was born in Huddersfield. He joined the British Army on 5th September 2010 and attended the Army Foundation College at Harrogate. In November 2011 he completed his training and joined 3 YORKS. He was assigned to 3 Platoon, Alma Company as a Rifleman and completed demanding pre-deployment training, including qualifying as a Team Medic. 

Private Wroe spent several weeks working and training with the Battalion Rear Operations Group in the United Kingdom until he turned 18 years, deploying to join the rest of his Company in Afghanistan on July this year. 

Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Stenning MBE, Commanding Officer, 3 YORKS, said: "Private Tom Wroe had only been with us a few months, but in this short period he had made a significant impression on his fellow soldiers and commanders. Always eager and with unrelenting energy, he had pushed hard to join the Regiment in Afghanistan. 

"His humour and character really stood out. Whenever anyone asked how he was, his consistent reply was 'always happy'. This phrase captured the young man Wroe was. On patrol his professional skills were impressively high given his relative inexperience. When back in the isolated checkpoint, his humour and vibrancy shone through and energised those around him. 

"His quick wit, love of Huddersfield Town Football Club, board games and genuine 'can do nature' made him a popular member of the team. He already had that unique quality of command presence that an Army requires; people looked to him for leadership in dangerous and difficult moments. I have no doubt he would have attended and passed our Junior Leader Course, way ahead of his time." 

Private Wroe was 18 years old and is survived by his parents, Michael and Claire and sister Demi, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

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