Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2011, Corporal Michael John Pike, 4th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in Afghanistan. He had deployed two months earlier and was based at Checkpoint Pegasus with Combined Force Lashkar Gah, attached to B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Mercian Regiment, in Maiwand district. He lost his life when the patrol he was leading was attacked by insurgents.
Corporal Pike had joined the army in 2002 and had served previously in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He qualified as a Physical Training Instructor and is remembered as being a tough and fit soldier, well-respect and well-liked.
Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Aitken M.B.E. said of him: The loss of Corporal Mike Pike has been felt deeply by all ranks of the Battalion. He was an enormously popular, charismatic and engaging character; a natural leader in every way…entirely dedicated to his soldiers, leading from the front with every step and they would follow him anywhere. A natural practical joker, his innate sense of fun was a constant source of amusement and relief for the whole Platoon…simply unflappable. As one of the brightest stars in the Battalion, he had already been earmarked for having potential for the very highest promotion…he was the perfect role model. As a soldier, he was one of the most professional I have known, and he was the very epitome of a Highland soldier: fierce in battle, compassionate to all and unswervingly loyal to his friends - a code he lived by to the very end.”
Michael, from Huntly in Scotland, was 26 years old and married with a son and a daughter.