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Tributes paid to 'brave' crash soldier Jamie Candlish

Fusilier Jamie Candlish
Image caption Fusilier Jamie Candlish died at the scene of the crash

Tributes have been paid to a soldier who died after a road crash which also left his colleague seriously injured.

Fusilier Jamie Candlish, from Hamilton, was a passenger in the Vauxhall Corsa which crashed with another car near Penicuik on Friday night.

The 20-year-old had been working at the Edinburgh Tattoo that night, having returned from Afghanistan in April.

His commanding officer said he had "un-bounding loyalty" and was "as brave as a lion" and a pleasure to be around.

Fusilier Candlish, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), had just left Glencorse barracks in Penicuik, Midlothian, when the crash took place. He died at the scene.

It is understood his colleague, who was driving, is still in intensive care at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. His condition was described as critical.

Lt Col Dougie Graham, commanding officer of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, said: "The tragic loss of Fusilier Jamie Candlish has deeply affected all ranks within the Royal Highland Fusiliers 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

"He was immense on the recent tour of Afghanistan. Brave as a lion and always ready with a joke, he was a pleasure to be around.

"Jamie was utterly professional in everything he did; this was underpinned by his infectious sense of humour and un-bounding loyalty to his platoon, company and battalion."

The two people who were in the Mitsubishi have since been released from hospital following treatment.

The incident happened on the A701 near Gowkley Moss roundabout at about 23:45, and the road was closed for four hours to allow full accident investigation.

Lothian and Borders Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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