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Soldier's inquest told of bravery

Kieron Hill with his colleagues
L/Cpl Kieron Hill was killed while working with Afghan troops

A Nottingham soldier was killed as he tried to protect a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan, an inquest has heard.

L/Cpl Kieron Hill, 20, died in an explosion while on patrol with the 2nd Battalion the Mercian regiment in May.

Nottinghamshire coroner Dr Nigel Chapman heard L/Cpl Hill was part of a cordon around the team when he set off a secondary device.

Describing him as "very brave", Dr Chapman recorded a verdict of unlawful killing by enemy action.

The inquest heard L/Cpl Kieron was taking part in a large-scale offensive operation alongside Afghan troops, trying to locate and destroy Taliban positions in Helmand province.

His commander told the hearing Kieron was one of the brightest, and nicest men, in his battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Banton, Commander 2nd Battalion the Mercian regiment, said: "Kieron embodies many of the good things about being a British soldier.

"He was a compassionate, hard man, loyal to his mates and loyal to his country."

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