Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Marine Scott Summers, 42 Commando Royal Marines, died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident in Afghanistan.
He had volunteered for a re-supply run and was part of a convoy, driving a Pinzgauer vehicle, when he was severely injured in a road traffic accident. After being treated in Afghanistan, he was sent to a specialist unit in the UK, but died seventeen days after the accident. Marine Summers had joined the Royal Marines in 2005, and deployed to Afghanistan in October of 2006. He is remembered as “a real character”, selfless, warm-hearted and with a sharp wit. He showed courage in over twenty fire-fights with the Taliban, and was always ready to volunteer whether for something mundane or dangerous.
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Holmes said of him: “The loss of such a fine young man as Scott Summers is felt across the whole Commando, and shows the high regard in which he was held. It was typical of the man that he had volunteered for the task when the accident occurred. Marine Summers had a great sense of humour and fun, which he used to boost the morale of his friends and colleagues, even at the most difficult moments including when under enemy fire. He was selfless to the end, always willing to take on extra tasks for the good of his friends and colleagues. Brave, determined and professional in battle, to which he had courageously returned time and time again, he had proven his mettle on operations in Helmand. I know Marine Summers’ loss is deeply felt amongst his Company and the whole of 42 Commando.”
Scott, from Crawley in East Sussex, was 23 years old.