We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Sergeant Gavin Hillier of the 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards, who was killed in a live fire training exercise at Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire, late on Thursday 4thMarch.
Speaking about his death, our Managing Director and Solicitor Grant Evatt, himself a former Platoon Weapons Instructor who served with 29 Commando Regiment in support of the Welsh Guards in Belize, said this today:
‘This truly is a tragic loss for Sgt Hillers’ dear wife and sons, his parents, family and friends and of course the Welsh Guards and Household Division as a whole. After reading the many tributes to Sgt Hillier this weekend, it is clear and painfully obvious that his untimely death will leave a huge void in the lives of those closest to him.
With military service comes an acceptance that you may someday face huge risk in fighting an enemy. Consequently, combat training must be as realistic as possible. However, such a heart-breaking loss of life, whilst preparing for combat, will be near impossible to process.
The family will receive support from the Welsh Guards and the wider military community. In due course they must brace themselves for the fact-finding inquest into Sgt Hillier’s death. Certainly it would be beneficial for them to instruct a solicitor or barrister, independent from the MOD, to guide them through what will inevitably be a complex legal process, in order for them to discover exactly how and why he was killed during a training exercise.
RIP Sergeant – Cymru am byth’
Grant Evatt has been instructed in several high-profile military inquests, fatal accident and shooting cases in the UK and overseas, including numerous fatal road traffic accidents, friendly fire incidents in Afghanistan, helicopter crashes, shootings in Canada and the most recent killing of two crewmen from an explosion inside a Challenger tank at Castlemartin Ranges.