Corporal Jamie Kirkpatrick, 101 Engineer Regiment, (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Corporal Jamie Kirkpatrick of 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), part of the Counter-IED Task Force, died in Afghanistan. He was killed in a small arms fire engagement with insurgent forces in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. He had enlisted in 1997 and served 6 years in Germany where he qualified as a Class 1 Plant Operator Mechanic, was promoted to Lance Corporal and deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC as a Plant Section Second-in-Command. In Afghanistan he spent some time removing IEDs from key routes as well as giving life-saving training to members of the Battle Group. He is remembered as “robust, humorous and professional,” diligent, cool under pressure, irrepressibly optimistic, and confident in his abilities. His actions are known to have saved lives in Afghanistan. Major David Croall said: “I will always remember his beaming smile and tremendous sense of fun, and he was sincerely adored within his team, troop and the unit. He was a big man with a big heart and a cool, mature head who was enthusiastic about life.” Jamie, born in Edinburgh, was 32 years old and married with a daughter.