Coldstream Guard killed in Afghanistan

A LANCE Corporal from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards has died in an explosion in the Babaji District of central Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:46 am

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Lance Corporal Darren Hicks from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, February 11, 2010.

Lance Corporal Hicks, from Cornwall, joined up in October 1999 and after training joined the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards stationed in Windsor in June 2000, in time to experience his first of many State ceremonial occasions and public duties.

He served in Londonderry, was deployed to Iraq in 2007, saw his first tour of duty in Afghanistan in October 2007 and after successfully completing his Skill at Arms phase on the Section Commanders Battle Course he was deployed back to Afghanistan in October 2009 on Operation HERRICK 11.

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Always professional, Lance Corporal Hicks was described as a fine Junior Non-Commissioned Officer always leading his men by example - a true Coldstreamer.

Lieutenant Colonel Toby Gray, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards said: "The Coldstream Guards have lost one of the finest Lance Corporals currently serving. Lance Corporal Darren Hicks was at the top of the list to attend the promotion course that would propel him to the next rank of Lance Sergeant.

"He led his men like a Lance Sergeant and they responded to his leadership as if he were a Lance Sergeant; they respected and loved him in equal measure. He was a character amongst his comrades and a well known figure throughout the Battalion.

"As well as being a great soldier and Coldstream Guardsman he was a devoted family man. The thoughts and prayers of the Coldstream Guards Battlegroup, Darren's comrades, are with his wife Katie, his daughter Daisy and his son Harry, his beloved family."

Major Toby Till, Officer Commanding Number One Company, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards said: "I spoke with Darren before he went on what was to be his last patrol. He was looking after those around him and ensuring that they had everything they needed, a leader, guide, and true friend who will be missed by us all. A man with a great future ahead of him, we will always remember him fondly."