York & North Yorkshire

Window at All Saints Church, York, to remember dead soldiers

Window at All Saints Church, York
Image caption The stained glass will replace a plain window at All Saints Church, Pavement, in York

Three North Yorkshire soldiers who died while serving in Afghanistan are to be commemorated with a stained glass window at a church in York.

The window will mark the lives of Trooper Ashley Smith, 21, Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton, 23, and Marine David Hart, 23, all from York.

The three soldiers all died within 11 months of each other in 2009-10.

The memorial, at All Saints Church, Pavement, will be created by award-winning designer Helen Whittaker.

The Reverend Jane Nattrass, from All Saints, said the new window, costing about £12,000, would be a modern addition to medieval and Victorian stained glass windows already in the church.

Lance Bombardier Hatton, of 40 Regiment Royal Artillery, died on 13 August 2009 in Sangin after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded, injuring him and two other men.

Trooper Smith, of the Royal Dragoon Guards, was killed on 18 June 2010 as he helped to remove trees from near a checkpoint in Helmand province.

Marine Hart died as a result of a blast from an IED in Sangin on 6 July 2010.

Work to design the window is expected to start within the next few months.

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