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Sergeant Stuart Miller and Private Kevin Elliott, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009 Sergeant Stuart "Gus" Millar and Private Kevin Elliott of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died in Afghanistan. They were killed as a result of an explosion believed to have been caused by a rocket-propelled grenade when they were attacked by insurgents whilst patrolling on foot in Babaji district, Helmand province. Sgt. Miller had joined the Army in 2000 after service in the Territorial Army, serving in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Iraq. He moved to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, as a mortar fire controller in Belfast in 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan in April of 2009. Major Matt Munro, Officer Commanding, Alpha (Grenadier) Company, said: "Sgt Gus Millar will be remembered by his brother soldiers in Alpha (Grenadier) Company as an outstanding soldier and also as a caring friend and a devoted family man. He was great company; we loved his Glaswegian patter as it was guaranteed to raise a smile in even the most trying of circumstances. Gus was an awesome soldier; brave, technically capable, energetic and self-disciplined. He was quite simply a wonderful example to us all. Rest in Peace. Nemo me impune lacessit." Gus, from Inverness, was 40 years old and married with a young daughter. Private Elliott had joined the army in 2002, and served in Iraq and Northern Ireland as well as Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cartwright said: "Pte Elliott was an awesome fighting Jock, very much in his comfort zone here on demanding operations in Afghanistan. He lived his life one day at a time - like many a Jock that has gone before, he was a lovable rogue. He was on the verge of leaving the Army, but his inclination to be in the thick of the action was too tempting and he caught the last transport to Afghanistan with his mates. It was no surprise to hear that in this tragic incident he was the first man on the roof in the defensive position, the first to volunteer to protect his colleagues in a dangerous area. That sums up the man; he took life seriously when it was important to do so, and he was a first class field soldier as a result. He would never let his friends down." Kevin, from Dundee, was 24 years old.

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