Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie of D Squadron, The Blues & Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2003, Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie of D Squadron, The Blues & Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment. died in hospital of wounds sustained three weeks earlier. He had been injured when the Scimitar armoured vehicle in which he was travelling overturned during operations in Iraq; Lance Corporal Karl Shearer was killed in the accident. Lieutenant Tweedie had joined the army in 2000, after being educated at Eton and Newcastle University. Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande paid tribute to him: “Alexander was an excellent officer. Popular with all, he matched very positive leadership from the front with a deep care for his men. He led his Troop in battle with skill, determination and great coolness under fire. He will be sorely missed by us all. He was a talented officer who was as well respected by his peers in the Officer's Mess as he was by his troops who he led with bravery and compassion. He had a dry sense of humour and was a selfless, professional soldier who would never dream of asking his men to do anything he would not do himself. He had a very promising career ahead of him.” Alexander, from Edinburgh, was 25 years old.