|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1987|
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
|Death: ||May 12, 2012|
Royal Air Force
He was attached to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards as part of a Police Advisory Team deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Cpl McCarthy and LCpl Lee Davies were providing security for a meeting with local officials near Patrol Base Attal, in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province, when they were shot and killed by two members of the Afghan Police Force.
Aged 25, Cpl McCarthy was born in Germany into a military family. He moved at a young age to the Midlands of England and considered Telford his home town. After school, he worked at several jobs before joining the RAF in August 2008. Following his training at RAF Halton and the Defence College of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park he began his career within the Royal Air Force Police. While posted at RAF Brize Norton, he volunteered to deploy with 174 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police. During his pre-deployment training he showed an aptitude for mentoring and was chosen to embed with the Welsh Guards as part of the Police Mentoring Advisory Group. His commanding officer said, "His intelligence, ready wit and his desire to muck in and take part in all aspects of communal life meant that he fitted seamlessly into an extremely tight team. Cpl McCarthy was extremely popular and hugely respected among the men with whom he lived and fought - not always an easy trick for a military policeman from another Service, but one he achieved with ease and some style." He was a man of many talents and diverse interests including football, playing drums in a band and representing the RAF at hockey.
Cpl McCarthy leaves behind his father John, mother Sarah, sister Jodie, his partner Sarah Briggs and his niece Miajay and nephew Kyron. The family said, "Brent was a loving sensitive young man. He excelled at sport and had the whole world in front of him. He loved his family dearly and will always be a hero to his niece Miajay. Brent will be sadly missed not only by us but also by his loving partner Sarah and her devoted family. Life will never be the same for any of us. We will love you always. God bless."
Funeral and burial with full military honours was held on May 31, 2012 at St Nicholas Church, Codsall.
St Nicholas Churchyard
South Staffordshire Borough
Created by: Milou
Record added: May 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90151780
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