Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Corporal Thomas (Tam) Mason, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died at Selly Oak Hospital. He had been injured several weeks earlier when an improvised explosive device detonated during an operation in Kandahar province. Corporal Mason joined the army in 2005 and this was his second deployment to Afghanistan. His comrades described him as a great friend with a wicked sense of humour, a man of immense courage, an inspiration to younger members of the platoon, and completely irreplaceable. Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cartwright said: "Corporal Tam Mason was a highly motivated and exceptional JNCO who had only been in the army for four years. A late joiner to service life, his experience and maturity allowed him to be promoted twice in quick succession, evidence of the talent of the man and the dedication he gave to his vocation. He had set his heart on Special Forces selection next year and no-one would have bet against him reaching his ultimate goal. He was an immensely popular and modest man and he will be sorely, sorely missed." Tam, from Rosyth in Fyfe, was 27 years old and married.