Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2002, Lance Corporal Darren John George, the Royal Anglian Regiment, died while serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
He was the first casualty of the Afghanistan war after being accidentally shot by a colleague while on patrol in Kabul. Lance Corporal George died as he was being flown to Oman for treatment.
It was heard at the inquest in Chelmsford that a ricocheting bullet hit Lance Corporal George in the head. The colleague told the inquest that he took his weapon off his shoulder, put it on the floor and was going through the normal safety drill when he had a dizzy spell, fell back and caught the trigger. A verdict of accidental death was returned.
Darren, who was living at Pirbright, was married with a one-year-old son - who grew up to be an army cadet and was given special permission to wear his father’s Royal Anglian beret.