Highlander Scott McLaren, 4th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2011, Highlander Scott McLaren from D Company, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in Afghanistan. His multiple was temporarily attached to the 1st Battalion The Rifles Battle Group; they were holding and securing a vital bridgehead in the northern area of Nahr-e Saraj and he was at the forefront of the operation to secure the area from the insurgency. He was reported missing and found later in the day after an extensive search. Captain Callum MacLeod remembers him: "Highlander McLaren was the perfect example of what makes a Scottish soldier great. The stalwart backbone of the multiple, he was cool under pressure and unrelenting in the face of the enemy. The multiple has been robbed of a friend, and the battalion of a talent that was only just beginning to shine. We will continue to contest the insurgency on the ground and remember him not only by our words but by our actions, upholding the high professional standards that he embodied. Our thoughts are with his family at this time." Scott, from Edinburgh, was 20 years old.