Hero captain’s death lifts lid on conditionsBy Alice Murphy
November 12, 2008
Captain David Hicks, who died in Afghanistan, was killed unlawfully while on active service, an inquest found on Monday.
The officer, who was honoured with a posthumous Military Cross, died of fragmentation wounds to the chest.
Coroner David Masters praised the bravery of the Finchampstead soldier, and other soldiers fighting on the front line, but also expressed anxiety about troops having to “make do” with medical care.
Since the Captain’s death on August 11, 2007, medical care in Helmand Province has been improved, the inquest at Trowbridge Town Hall heard.
Mr Masters reiterated that soldiers had only been in the area for three weeks and the army was not responsible for Capt Hicks’ death because they were fighting in a hostile area where it was difficult to provide help due to the fighting.
He said even an on-site surgeon would not have been able to provide the care he would have needed, although he did receive immediate first aid.
Five people were injured, but Capt Hicks was the only one who lost his life. He died on a helicopter as he was being airlifted to hospital.
Capt Hicks, who was a member of First Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in March.
His parents Alun and Lesley were at the Remembrance service at Finchampstead on Sunday, where Captain Hicks’ name was added to the memorial.
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