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Scottish military deaths during Iraq campaign

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Nineteen Scottish servicemen died during the campaign that followed the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Many of them were killed by roadside bombs or in clashes with insurgents while on patrol. Others died as a result of accidents and natural causes.

The six-year British military mission came to an end in April 2009.

The names and details of all the Scottish servicemen who died are included in the page below.


Barry Stephen, of Scone, Perth and Kinross. The 31-year-old was a lance corporal with Black Watch, 1st Battalion. He died on 24 March 2003, the first Scottish soldier to be killed in Iraq. He braved a hail of bullets to reach a machine gun in a bid to save his comrades who were pinned down in their armoured vehicle.

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Alexander Tweedie, of Hawick, Scottish Borders. Lieutenant Tweedie was 25 and with the Household Cavalry, The Blues and Royals, D Squadron. He died on 22 April 2003, three weeks after the vehicle in which he was travelling overturned in a canal.

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James McCue, of Paisley, Renfrewshire. The 27-year-old was a lance corporal with The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 7 Air Assault Battalion. He died from shrapnel wounds when a shell landed near him as he was writing a letter home on 30 April 2003.

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David Shepherd, of Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway. The 34-year-old was a corporal with the RAF Police. He died on 19 May 2003. He is believed to have died from natural causes in Kuwait. (No picture is available).


Jason Smith, of Hawick, Scottish Borders. Private Smith was 32 and with 52nd Lowland Regiment (TA), attached to 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. He died on 13 August 2003 of a heart attack in severe heat.

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Russell Beeston, of Govan, Glasgow. The 26-year-old fusilier was with the 52nd Lowland Regiment TA. He was killed on 27 August 2003 when a crowd surrounded his patrol vehicle and opened fire with guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

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Andrew Craw, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire. A 21-year-old lance corporal with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 1st Battalion. He died on 7 January 2004 in an accident as he tried to unblock his own machine gun. The coroner later criticised "cavalier" safety rules.

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Robert Thomson, of Bathgate, West Lothian. A 22-year-old sapper with the Royal Engineers. He was killed on 31 January 2004 in a "tragic accident" when a trench collapsed and he was buried under the soil.

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Gordon Gentle, of Pollock, Glasgow. The 19-year-old fusilier was with Royal Highland, 1st Battalion. He was killed on 28 June 2004 when his Land Rover was caught in a roadside bomb explosion during a patrol in Basra.

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Marc Ferns, of Glenrothes, Fife. A 21-year-old private with Black Watch 1st Battalion. He was killed on 12 August 2004 in an improvised bomb attack in Basra.

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Kevin McHale, of Lochgelly, Fife. A 27-year-old private with Black Watch 1st Battalion. He was killed on 29 October 2004 when the Warrior armoured vehicle he was driving overturned.

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Stuart Gray, of Dunfermline, Fife. A 31-year-old sergeant with Black Watch 1st Battalion. He was killed on 4 November 2004 by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint near Falluja with Scott McArdle and Paul Lowe.

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Scott McArdle, of Glenrothes, Fife. The 22-year-old private was with Black Watch 1st Battalion. He was killed on 4 November 2004 by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint near Falluja with Stuart Gray and Paul Lowe.

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Paul Lowe, of Kelty, Fife. A 19-year-old lance corporal with Black Watch 1st Battalion. He was killed on 4 November 2004 by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint near Falluja with Scott McArdle and Stuart Gray.

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Allan Douglas, of Aberdeen. A 22-year-old lance corporal with 7th Armoured Brigade, serving with the Highlanders, 1st Battalion. He was shot on 30 January 2006 during a routine patrol.

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Gordon Pritchard, of Edinburgh. The 31-year-old corporal was with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and was the 100th UK soldier to die in Iraq. He was killed on 31 January 2006 when his snatch Land Rover was hit by an explosion.

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James Kerr, of Cowdenbeath, Fife. A 20-year-old private with Black Watch 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland. He died on 28 June 2007 with Scott Kennedy in a roadside bomb attack.

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Scott Kennedy, of Dunfermline, Fife. A 20-year-old private with Black Watch 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland. He died on 28 June 2007 in the same roadside bomb attack as James Kerr.

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Stephen Ferguson, of Lanarkshire. A 31-year-old guardsman from the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards. He died on 13 December 2007 in a road accident.

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