• Christina Drummond

Corporal Barry Dempsey, The Royal Highland Fusiliers


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2008, Corporal Barry Dempsey, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan.

He was part of a joint Afghan National Army and UK Operational Mentoring Liaison Team patrol, when an IED was detonated which resulted in his death and injuries to three others. He is remembered for his wry sense of humour, and for saving many lives in his ten years as a combat medic.

Lieutenant Colonel Ed Freely, paid this tribute: "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of an outstanding man, and an excellent medic. Cpl Barry Dempsey died supporting his own men. He has helped to save the lives of many Afghan soldiers and civilians alike. Barry understood the dangers - standing up to a ruthless and determined enemy, one who is set on bringing disruption and brutality to Afghanistan. He also understood that his work was part of the lasting solution to the ongoing insurgency. Having volunteered to accompany his team to one of the most remote patrol bases in all of Helmand, Cpl Dempsey bonded closely with those he worked with, caring deeply for them and working diligently to ensure all their needs were met. He achieved this all with great humility and character."

Barry, from Ayrshire, was 29 years old and married with two small children.

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