Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2004, Private Kevin Thomas McHale, 1st Battalion, the Black Watch, died in a road traffic accident in North Babil province, Iraq.
Private McHale had served five years with the battalion as a Warrior armoured vehicle driver, and had also served in Kosovo and previously in Iraq. His family stated that he loved being in the army and that it was all he had ever wanted to do.
On the day of his death the vehicle he was driving crashed when a road bridge collapsed; the regiment had been travelling to their new position south of Baghdad. Lieutenant Colonel James Cowan, Private McHale’s Commanding Officer, speaks of him in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toPEEw6q7eE&feature=youtu.be
Kevin, from Lochgelly in Fife, was 27 years old.