Posted on February 13, 2018
The provisional cause of death for Cpl Hatfield, 27, from Amesbury, Wiltshire, was burns, while Cpl Neilson, 31, of Preston, suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of blast-related injuries. A previous hearing detailed how it was thought married father Cpl Neilson was the tank commander and was “positioned within the turret” at the time of the blast. Cpl Hatfield, a father-of-one who was engaged to be married, was the armoured vehicle’s operator and was “loading the ammunition in the tank”. The court was told Article Two of the European Convention on Human Rights – the “right to life” – would be invoked during a full inquest in July.