Tuesday, 11 August 2009

In Memoriam: Dave Hicks

Captain David Hicks MC, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed on Saturday 11th August 2007 during a violent attack on his patrol base north east of Sangin, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

His CO said: "Captain Dave Hicks was an outstanding officer who will be sorely missed by all members of the Battalion. It is typical of him that he had led from the forward position during the attack on his Company, in order to best direct the battle and provide an inspiring example to his men. Even after being mortally wounded his only concern was to get back into position to control the fight."

Sergeant Matthew Waters, 11 Platoon, C (Essex) Company, 1 R ANGLIAN said “Capt Dave Hicks was a good friend and a good leader of men. To me he was a calming influence who would be able to see through tough situations and find a positive side. His humour was unique and he always new what to say to cheer people up. Dave stepped up to company commander and used his intelligence and experience to do what was right for him and the men. He was a good friend but hopefully he has gone to a better place. Dave will be sorely missed by all in C (Essex) Company and across the Battalion. He was a true star.”

Captain Hicks was postumously awarded the Military Cross for exemplary gallantry in the field.

MoD: Captain David Hicks of The Royal Anglian Regiment killed in Afghanistan
Wokingham Borough Council: Commemorating the life of Captain David Hicks
The Mail: Army mourns hero captain who refused to abandon his troops in fightback against Taliban