|Death: ||Feb. 11, 2010|
He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
LCpl Hicks was killed by an explosion while on foot patrol in Babaji District, central Helmand province.
Aged 29, from Mousehole in Cornwall. He enlisted in October 1999 and served on many State Ceremonial duties, a two year residential tour in Northern Ireland, operational tours in Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2008. He was described as an exceptional soldier, inspirational and incredibly charismatic, who endeared himself to all ranks. Known as "Daz" or "Hicksy", he was a joker and always full of enthusiasm. He also was a keen rugby player for the regiment's team and also played with the Cornish Pirates Amateurs before his deployment in October 2009.
LCpl Hicks is survived by his wife Katie, their young son Henry and infant daughter Daisy, mother Janet Skinner, father David Hicks, other family and friends. His brother said "Darren was so kind, generous and honest; he loved life, he lived life to the full and he did everything with a smile on his face. " His wife called him "the finest husband and father you could possibly ask for. Darren was a proud Guardsman and he was taken doing the job he loved."
Funeral with full military honours was held on St Piran's Day, March 5, 2010 at Paul Parish Church, near Mousehole.
*Many thanks to Iain MacFarlaine for the grave photos.
Cornwall Unitary Authority
Created by: Milou
Record added: Feb 12, 2010
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