More than three years after 19 year old Gordon Gentle was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, an inquest into his death finally opened on Monday.
Speaking on the second day of the inquest, Gordon’s mother Rose Gentle told Socialist Worker, “It has taken more than three years of hard campaigning to finally get an inquest into Gordon’s death. It’s a disgrace that we have had to wait so so long.
“Gordon was badly let down by the army – he wasn’t given the equipment he needed to keep him safe.
“I still blame Tony Blair for Gordon’s death because he sent
the troops to Iraq. And it was Gordon Brown who funded the war at the time.
“They are responsible for what happened to Gordon.
“They have deprived Pamela and Maxine of a brother and they have deprived me of a son.
“The first day of the inquest was horrible – we had to look at some terrible photos. It’s hell having to sit through the hearing in silence and not being able to say anything.
“I hope that the truth will come out and that we can see some justice for Gordon. And I hope this will be a warning to others to think twice before joining the army.”
The inquest is expected to last for two weeks.