THE grieving grandparents of a soldier killed in Iraq have begged the Government to bring our troops home.
Gladys and Terry Wood, of Brown Birks Road, Huncoat, have seen five of their six sons and four grandchildren serve in the armed forces and have always been keen supporters of the military.
But after 22-year-old Corporal Christopher Read was killed by small arms fire in Basra last weekend, Terry said: "We are so proud of Chris and he died doing what he loved but he shouldn't have been there.
"He shouldn't have died in this war. I don't know what we're fighting for in Iraq and I don't know what he's lost his life for."
Christopher, who lived in Dorset, served in the 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police and was the first member of the family to be killed on a tour of duty.
Mr and Mrs Wood, who have lived in Hyndburn for 12 years, were seen sobbing by hundreds of thousands of viewers as they told their story on TV this week.
Gladys,74,waved Terry off many times when he was a member of the 5th Royal Tank Regiment but the couple never imagined they would outlive one of their grandchildren.
Gladys said: "When I said goodbye to Chris I never dreamed it would be for good. I just assumed he'd come back."
Five of the couple's sons formerly served with the Devon and Dorset Infantry Regiment, with one son, David, having sustained severe burn injuries when he was plucked from the stricken landing ship Sir Galahad during the Falklands war.
Terry said: "I agreed with the Falklands War because Argentina invaded but in Iraq we are the invaders."
Gladys said: "We have another grandson who wants to join the RAF and I'll still tell him to go ahead because it's a great start in life.
"I've never agreed with the Iraq invasion. It's up to the Government to bring the troops home."
Tributes to Chris have flooded in to the Ministry of Defence from people expressing their heartache at losing such a dedicated and professional policeman and soldier.
His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Miller, said: "Chris was a rising star. He was a warm and modest man with a wicked sense of fun."
Chris's body was flown back to the UK on Wednesday and a full military funeral will be held next week in Winfrith Newburgh near Dorchester.