Our Scottish War Dead.
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Music, A Scottish Soldier by Andy Stewart
I wish this tribute could have been for all the recently fallen Military Personnel in the British Forces but that would have been too big. I have localised it to my part of the UK, Scotland.
I am proud to be a Scot. I am equally proud to be British.
I have done this small tribute for my part of the UK. Maybe you could do one for your area.
I dont want to get into my personal feelings on the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Suffice to say that I am no supporter of them but this is a separate issue from supporting our troops and acknowledging their courage and sacrifice.
We are the people who put our small crosses on ballot papers and now we place our small crosses on War Memorials.
A New Year Thought 2009
They joined for many reasons,
to march, to sail, to fly;
they went where they were posted
but nobody joins to die.
Their leaders talk on TV;
what else could we have done?
but those leaders lost no daughters
and none has lost a son.
So here's to all our soldiers
wherever they may be
and here's to all their families,
I raise my glass to thee.
Nigel J.C. Turnbull
-- feel free to publish this text anywhere you like
This is the list of our Scottish dead, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Barry 'Baz' Stephen aged 31 from Perth - 1st Battalion, The Black Watch
Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie aged 25 from Hawick - Blues and Royals Household Cavalry Regiment
Lance Corporal James McCue, aged 27 from Paisley - Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
Private Jason Smith aged 32 from Hawick - 52nd Lowland Regiment, attached to The King's Own Scottish Borderers
Fusilier Russell Beeston, aged 26 from Govan, Glasgow - 52nd Lowland Regiment (Volunteers)
Lance Corporal Andrew James Craw, aged 21 from Clackmannanshire - The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Sapper Robert Thomson, aged 22 from West Lothian - 35 Engineer Regiment
Fusilier Gordon Campbell Gentle, aged 19 from Glasgow - The Royal Highland Fusiliers
Private Marc Ferns, aged 21 from Glenrothes, Fife - The Black Watch
Private Kevin Thomas McHale, aged 27 from Lochgelly, Fife - The Black Watch
Private Scott William McArdle, aged 22 from Glenrothes, Fife - The Black Watch
Sergeant Stuart Robert Tennant Gray, aged 31 from Dunfermline, Fife - The Black Watch
Private Paul Aitken Lowe aged 19 from Kelty, Fife - 1st Battalion The Black Watch
Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, aged 22 from Aberdeen - The Highlanders
Corporal Gordon Alexander Pritchard born in Germany, educated in Dunblane - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls aged 27 from Glasgow - Blues and Royals
Flight Sergeant Stephen Beattie, aged 42 from Dundee - No. 120 Squadron The Royal Air Force
Private Craig ODonnell, aged 24 from Dunbartonshire - 5th Battalion (A&SH) The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Corporal Mark William Wright, aged 29 from Edinburgh - 3 PARA
Marine Gary Wright, aged 24 from Glasgow - 45 Commando Royal Marines
Private Jamie Kerr, age 20, from Cowdenbeath, Fife - The Black Watch
Private Scott Kennedy 'Casper' aged 20 from Oakley, Dunfermline - The Black Watch
Captain John McDermid, aged 43 from Glasgow - 2nd Battalion (RHF) The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Guardsman Stephen Ferguson from Lanarkshire - 1st Battalion Scots Guards
Senior Aircraftman Graham 'Livi' Livingstone, aged 23 from Glasgow - Royal Air Force Regiment
Private Charles David Murray, aged 19 from Dumfries then Carlisle - 2 PARA
Lance Corporal James Johnson, aged 31 from Drumchapel, Strathclyde - 5th Battalion (A&SH) The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews aged 35 from Edinburgh - The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Corporal Barry Dempsey aged 29 from Ayrshire - The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary 'Gaz' O'Donnell GM aged 40 from Edinburgh - 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment