DAILY RECORD Victoria Cross For Afghan War Hero Nov 17 2007 A HERO of the Afghan war is to be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. Captain David Hicks, who died leading a counter-attack against the Taliban, is expected to receive Britain's highest bravery honour in the new year. The 26-year-old will be the first officer to win the VC since Falklands hero Lieutenant Colonel Herbert "H" Jones. The Ministry of Defence refused to confirm the award. But senior Whitehall sources have told MPs said they are "virtually certain" the captain will be given the honour. Captain Hicks, of Wokingham in Berkshire, was leading soldiers from 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment when they were ambushed in Helmand Province on August 11. He was mortally wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded near his command post. He refused medical help so he could gather 50 men and lead an attack against the rocket position. And he turned down an airlift to safety so he could stay with his men until the attack was over. Captain Hicks was one of two soldiers from the same battalion nominated for the VC. The second is believed to be Lance Corporal Oliver "Teddy" Ruecker, 20. InMay, he fought off Taliban riflemen to rescue a wounded comrade from a burning armoured car. The Anglians' campaign has cost the lives of nine soldiers and seen about 80 wounded in some of the heaviest fighting since World War II.