Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Corporal Lee Scott of The 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, was killed in an explosion during an operation north of Nad-e Ali, Helmand province. He had joined the army in 2002, shortly after turning nineteen. He served in Kosovo and Iraq, and at age twenty-five was selected to become a Tank Commander, considered unheard of for someone so junior. He had only been in Afghanistan for a month before his death.
His Commanding Officer explains the calibre of Corporal Scott: "Trained as a tank crewman, Corporal Scott quickly established himself in the regiment. He was deployed in Kosovo as a specialist surveillance operative and promoted to Lance Corporal ahead of his peers on his return. He proved himself once again on operations in Iraq, and was promoted again into his current rank in 2008. Courageous and a born leader, Cpl Scott was killed leading his team from the front; a first class combat soldier. He was known throughout this small family regiment as a professional and an enthusiast. He was also known for his cheerfulness, his infectious smile and for his laughter...loving life and making it better for everyone else. His was a career full of promise. Corporal Scott’s death is a very difficult blow for us to accept. That he died on patrol doing the job he loved, amongst his friends, provides only small comfort. He was the perfect role model for every Tankie and we, the regiment, were proud to know him and are poorer for his loss." Lee, from King’s Lynn, was 26 years old, married with a four-year-old son and three-month-old daughter.