THE mother of a Yardley soldier - who was killed in Afghanistan last year - has said that her son died doing something he believed in.
Bridget Hickey was speaking following an inquest into the death of her son Daryl.
The soldier was shot while providing covering fire for his comrades during a mission in the Helmand Provice in July 2007.
He was serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards and had previously spent time Northern Ireland and Iraq, having joined the army in 2001.
The inquest, at Sutton Coldfield, heard how the 27-year-old came under intense fire between clearing compounds.
Keith Buzzard, who was leading Guardsman Hickey’s section and has since left the army, said they got flat on the ground when the shooting started.
“There was a small gap in the wall which I managed to squeeze myself into,” he said. “As I then turned to Guardsman Hickey to tell him to move and jump over me, I saw he’d been struck by a bullet.”
Pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt said Guardsman Hickey died from a gunshot wound to the chest/abdomen.
Christopher Ball, deputy coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, recorded a narrative verdict that Guardsman Hickey was killed “whilst on active service for his country.”
After the hearing, Bridget Hickey spoke of the dedication and bravery of her son, a former pupil of Archbishop Illsley RC School in Acocks Green.
“I knew when he was told he was going to Afghanistan it would be a lot tougher for him,” she said. “I had this premonition, something was telling me something was going to happen. I didn’t want him to go but he wasn’t going to back down.
“He died doing something he believed in. He believed he could make a difference. I just supported him then and I’m glad I did.”