Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed in Afghanistan. He was caught up in explosion near Garmsir in Helmand province. It was his second tour of Afghanistan, and he is remembered as being a brave and tough soldier, with a strong sense of humour and a larger-than-life character. He had joined the army at the age of seventeen, distinguished himself on a jungle training exercise in Belize, and passed the Assault Pioneers Course. Then he passed the JNCOs’ Cadre to achieve promotion to Lance Corporal after an unusually short time, a testament to the ability of a relatively junior soldier. Major Rob Gallimore said: LCpl Kieron Hill was not only an outstanding and exceptional soldier but also a uniquely warm, charming, amusing and unbelievably decent human being. Motivated and irrepressible; to him everything was achievable and nothing insurmountable, whether this be his insistence on going point man of a patrol or struggling with the infuriating intricacies of the Revivor observation balloon. He had an infectious, inclusive and self-deprecating sense of humour. It was a life-affirming experience and huge privilege to know LCpl Hill. His tragic death leaves a huge void within the OMLT which is inevitable when we lose one of our most well-liked and highly regarded individuals." Kieron, from Nottingham, was 20 years old.