Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Captain David Hicks, 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan. His patrol base came under enemy attack and he sustained severe injuries as he co-ordinated the response to the attack. Although taken to Camp Bastion for treatment, his injuries were too grievous for him to survive.
Captain Hicks attended the Royal Military Academy and was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment. He served in Bosnia and Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan. He also spent a year training recruits at the Infantry Training Centre. At the time of his death he was acting as Company Commander, and was known to be a courageous, conscientious and well-respected leader. Colleagues remember him as a good listener, a calm and intelligent officer who cared for those with whom he served. .
Major Phil Messenger said of him: “Dave Hicks was the most professional and dedicated fellow infantry officer I have ever had the privilege of working with. He had a true affinity with the soldiers he so enjoyed working alongside and he commanded their respect due to his firm but fair leadership style. He was an infantry officer of the highest order, totally dedicated to his work and determined to give 100 per cent in everything he did. He will be sorely missed by all officers and soldiers of C (Essex) Company and will always be remembered as a first class officer and dear friend.”
David, from Wokingham, was 26 years old.