Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2004, Private Marc Ferns, 1st Battalion, the Black Watch, was killed in Iraq.
Private Ferns had followed his father and grandfather into the regiment, and had served in Kosovo and on a previous tour of Iraq. On the day of his death he was driving a Warrior armoured vehicle in Basra when he was caught up in the explosion of a roadside bomb – a fellow soldier was critically injured but thankfully survived.
Lieutenant Colonel James Cowan said of him: “Marc Ferns died earlier this day as a result of enemy action. His tragic death has saddened and shocked the Battalion. Private Ferns had loyally served the Black Watch for three years and had a bright future ahead of him. He was an experienced, committed, professional and very popular soldier who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Marc, from Glenrothes in Fife, was 21 years old and left behind a fifteen-month-old daughter.