Coroner’s tears


I was not at all surprised to hear that a coroner broke down in tears while summing up at an inquest into the death of a soldier in Afghanistan.

Capt Richard Holloway, of the Special Boat Service, was hit by enemy fire in 2013 while on operations east of Kabul.

The 29-year-old from County Durham was the 447th British soldier to be killed in the country since 2001.

Listening to the circumstances of these unbelievably brave men and women and the ways in which they were fatally injured is traumatising and no matter how hard you try as a member of the legal profession you cannot help but be moved and changed by your involvement in these cases. So many young men and woman have fallen as a result of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Was it all worth it?


Hilary Meredith