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  • Christina Drummond

Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, 1st Battalion, the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, 1st Battalion, the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) died in Iraq. He had been on a routine patrol in Al Amarah when they were ambushed by insurgents and he was mortally wounded.

He had joined the army at the age of seventeen, served in Kosovo and Bosnia and then completed the Physical Training Instructor’s Course. Known for his excellent level of fitness, he overcame his fear of heights by rock-climbing in Adventure Training. Lance Corporal Douglas was a popular soldier, well-liked and respected, and remembered for his quick wit and strength of character.

Lieutenant Colonel James Hopkinson said: “Lance Corporal Allan Douglas displayed all the qualities of professionalism, drive and humour that make a Scottish soldier. He was bright in character and an intelligent man who threw himself at his job with vigour. His recent promotion to Lance Corporal was a surprise to him but not to us who knew him. He was a very capable soldier and had a great deal of potential. Allan was the perfect soldier for service in Iraq. Chosen to serve in Delta Company Headquarters because of his own self-discipline and reliability he was a natural soldier: fit, trustworthy and at ease in often difficult situations. Allan was a natural team player who always looked out for others, professional and dedicated to his task. He made a true difference in Iraq. It is telling that since this sad incident a great many Iraqis, both civilian leaders and members of the security forces have called to pass on their condolences. Allan made an impact in their lives that it will be hard to match. He will be sorely missed by those who were privileged to serve with him.”

Allan, from Aberdeen, was 22 years old.

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