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Warminster prayers for "missing” soldiers in Afghanistan *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 08 Mar, 2012 04:10 PM

The Minster Church of St Denys, in Warminster, offered prayers for those missing presumed dead in Afghanistan from the Warminster-based Third Battalion Yorkshire Regiment at 5pm during Evening Prayer, Wednesday 7 March.

Warminster prayers for "missing” soldiers in Afghanistan *Updated

The 3 YORKS Regimental Colours

The Service included readings and special prayers for all those serving in the armed forces and prayers for those caught up in this latest tragedy.

3 YORKS is based at Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster in Wiltshire as part of 12 Mechanized Brigade. They have a strong association with Warminster and many of their family members work and attend schools in the town.

“We are in the process of planning a service for the Battalion which was due to be held here on 16 March and this has come as a big blow to the town,” said the Revd Harvey Gibbons, Vicar of Warminster Minster.

He added: “People in the town are stunned by the news and are waiting for confirmation of the fatalities and of the names of those who have died. We pray for each of them at this traumatic time and that those who have presumably died may rest in peace.”

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said: “Soldiers and their families are an integral part of the life of Wiltshire, so this news is tragic for us all, and especially as the Battalion's tour of duty has only just begun.”

He added: “Churches across the county along with me will offer prayers for the soldiers involved, their families and their comrades serving in Helmand.”

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Further Information contact
The Revd Harvey Gibbons, Vicar of Warminster Minster
01985 213456, gibbons399@btinternet.com 

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