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  • Christina Drummond

Captain Walter Reid Barrie, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2012, Captain Walter Reid Barrie from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland was killed in Afghanistan. He was taking part in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Shawqat when he was shot dead at close range by a member of the Afghan Army. He had joined the army at the age of sixteen and during twenty-five years of Colour Service he served on operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, twice in Iraq, as well as a previous tour of Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Archibald said: “Captain Barrie was a fantastic, engaging and professional man who was universally popular and highly capable in all he did. I have known Walter since 1996 when he was a young corporal at the Army Training Regiment Glencorse. I had the privilege to watch him develop into an exceptional Regimental Sergeant Major and later as an outstanding Late Entry Officer. Walter’s cutting, self-deprecating wit, easy-going manner and endearing personality will never be forgotten by all those who had the privilege and pleasure to have met and worked with him. Walter’s loss will be mourned across the Royal Regiment of Scotland. He was exceptional and I am immensely proud to have had the privilege of serving alongside him.” Walter, from Glasgow, was 41 years old and married with a teenage son.

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