Private Craig O'Donnell, B Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Private Craig O’Donnell of B Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed in Afghanistan when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in was caught up in a suicide bomb attack. He had wanted to join the army since he was four years old, and talked often to his parents about how much he loved serving with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which he had joined in March of 2004. Private O’Donnell served in Bosnia in 2005 and Kenya in 2006, before deploying to Afghanistan as part of the force protection element in Kabul in July. One of his close friends remembered him as a “lovable rogue” but remarked that he took his work very seriously and was very much the professional soldier. His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon West described him as “a very positive young man, well liked by all his peers and with a very bright future ahead of him. He stood for all the right things in life and was a dedicated and professional Argyll soldier.” Craig, from Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, was 24 years old, and he and his partner were expecting their first baby at Christmas.