Father of officer killed in action critical of Prince Harry's tour of duty in Afghanistan
THE FATHER of the first British soldier to die in Afghanistan in the current conflict has spoken about the decision to send Prince Harry to Helmand Province. Anthony Philippson said he was very cynical about the motives of the Ministry of Defence in sendi
THE FATHER of the first British soldier to die in Afghanistan in the current conflict has spoken about the decision to send Prince Harry to Helmand Province.
Anthony Philippson said he was very cynical about the motives of the Ministry of Defence in sending the prince to Afghanistan where his son James died in June 2006.
He argued that Prince Harry had been used as propaganda to promote and glorify a war which would be found in the end to be a terrible mistake.
Captain James Philippson, aged 29, of 7 Parachute Royal Horse Artillery, died in a firefight with the Taliban in which British forces were totally outgunned.
You may also want to watch:
He came from Oakwood Road in Bricket Wood and went to St Columba's College in St Albans.
At last month's inquest, the assistant coroner of Oxfordshire Andrew Walker accused the Military of Defence of breaching British soldiers' trust by sending them to Afghanistan without basic equipment.
- 1 St Albans violent crime: 'Intervention needed to break the cycle of grooming'
- 2 St Albans violent crime: Teen drugs gang behind spate of attacks on rivals found guilty
- 3 Man given Criminal Behaviour Order for being drunk in St Albans
- 4 £36 million loan to refinance Maltings Shopping Centre
- 5 Harpenden arrest in connection with St Albans council fraud probe
- 6 What are the outstanding schools in Hertfordshire?
- 7 Area Guide: The popular Marshalswick area of St Albans
- 8 7 of the prettiest villages to visit in Hertfordshire
- 9 12 facts you might not known about Batchwood Hall Covid vaccination centre
- 10 'State-sanctioned abuse' - why the family court system is failing
Vital kit including night vision goggles and grenade launchers did not reach the front line until after Captain Philippson's death.
Mr Walker recorded a narrative verdict that the soldier had been unlawfully killed.
Mr Philippson said this week that it was inevitable that Prince Harry, who had trained at Sandhurst, would see active service but he was very concerned about the publicity behind his 10-week tour of duty.
He also questioned how the prince could ever go to Afghanistan again when his absence from a London nightclub would ensure everyone knew where he was.