The Times 16 Feb 07 âFriendly fire killed VC soldierâ David Sanderson RIPON A soldier who saved seven colleagues during a firefight in Afghanistan may have been killed by his own side during the battle. Corporal Bryan Budd, whose widow Lorena, 23, is due to collect his posthumous Victoria Cross next month, died during clashes with Taleban forces in Helmand province last August. Budd, 29, was on a routine patrol with 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, when they came under fire. He is said to have been killed after charging at the Taleban fighters to give his colleagues an opportunity to retreat. Reports last night suggested that the official investigation into the death of Budd, a father of two, has discovered that the ammunition used to kill him was of the calibre employed by British forces. His widow, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, was said to be devastated after being told of the inquiryâs findings. My sympathies to all concerned.