Marine Scott Gregory Taylor, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Marine Scott Gregory Taylor, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan. He was caught in an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol within the area around Sangin. In 2007 he had followed his older brother into the Marines after completing his A-levels. He is remembered as mature and diligent, strong and clever, quiet and unassuming, yet utterly driven. Lieutenant Colonel Paul James, Commanding Officer, 40 Commando Group, Combined Force Sangin, said: “Marine Scott Taylor was everything I needed in a Bootneck; proud but not arrogant, loyal but still independent, courageous but not foolhardy, he was an outstanding Marine. Brave, strong, bright and physically very fit, he was an utterly selfless man who was often unassuming, preferring instead to let his actions speak for him - and they spoke with power and tumult. He was a giant in the gymnasium, a consummate professional in the field and a true mate to his friends. He died on patrol in southern Sangin as point man, leading the men who he had grown to love like brothers." Scott, from Buxton in Derbyshire, was 21 years old.