It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that
Corporal William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint,
both from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland (2 SCOTS),
and Private Robert Hetherington,
from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland (7 SCOTS), died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan on Tuesday 30 April 2013.
|Corporal William Savage [Picture: via MOD]|
Born in Irvine on 27 January 1983, Corporal Savage enlisted into the British Army in April 2003. After completing recruit training he joined The 1st Battalion, The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret’s own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) in November 2003.
He deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic in 2004 and completed 2 previous deployments to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 8 in 2008 and Operation Herrick 13 in 2010 with 2 SCOTS. He excelled on the Section Commanders’ Battle Course on 17 June 2011 and was promoted to full Corporal shortly afterwards. Prior to his appointment as a Section Commander in a Rifle Company he had been a member of the Regimental Police.
Corporal Savage deployed to Afghanistan on 11 March 2013. He commanded 3 Section, 1 Platoon in a District Enabling Company composed of Bravo Company Group, 2 SCOTS, part of the First Fusiliers Battlegroup. He was based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette in the Northern Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Corporal Savage was a keen sportsman who enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities. He was enthusiastic about skiing and was a talented kayak instructor.
Corporal Savage was a shining example of a Scottish infantry soldier and was a rising star in the Battalion with an extremely bright future ahead of him. He will be sorely missed by the entire Battalion and will always be remembered. He leaves behind his wife, Lyndsey, who is expecting their first child.
|Fusilier Samuel Flint [Picture: via MOD]|
Fusilier Flint was born in Blackpool on 19 May 1991 and joined the British Army in November 2011. Following his recruit training he joined 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in June 2012 as they began their Mission Specific Training for their deployment to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 18. He approached this training in a hugely enthusiastic and motivated manner. He was an extremely fit soldier who, although quiet, was full of humour and popular with his peers.
Fusilier Flint deployed to Afghanistan on 9 March 2013. He was a member of 3 Section, 1 Platoon in a District Enabling Company composed of Bravo Company Group, 2 SCOTS , part of the First Fusiliers Battlegroup. He was based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette in the Northern Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Fusilier Flint was a motorsports enthusiast and an avid Manchester City fan. He was dedicated to his family and spent his spare time at home in Blackpool or socialising with friends in Edinburgh.
Fusilier Flint was a vastly impressive infantry soldier and it was clear that he had an extremely promising future ahead of him. His loss has been felt deeply by all who knew and worked with him and he will live forever in their memories.
|Private Robert Murray Hetherington [Picture: via MOD]|
Born in the United States of America in 1987, Private Hetherington was raised and educated in Scotland where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography. During his time at university he became heavily involved in the Officer Training Corps which sparked his passion for the Army. Private Hetherington enlisted in the Territorial Army in October 2006 and was mobilised to join 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland for Operation Herrick 18 on 30 November 2012.
Private Hetherington was an intelligent and thoughtful soldier who was always quick with a smile. Since being mobilised he had been an extremely dedicated soldier with ambitions to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst following his deployment. His intelligence and enthusiasm for soldiering made it likely that he would have excelled at Sandhurst.
Private Hetherington deployed to Afghanistan on 9 March 2013 as a Rifleman in 1 Section, 1 Platoon, in a District Enabling Company composed of Bravo Company Group, 2 SCOTS, part of the First Fusiliers Battlegroup. He was based in Forward Operating Base Ouellette in the Northern Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Outside of his Army life, Private Hetherington represented Scotland at lacrosse and had a passion for music.
Private Hetherington was a gifted soldier with a genuine natural talent for the profession. He was destined for great things, both in his military and civilian life. His loss has left a huge hole in his Section and his Platoon and he will be deeply mourned by all who knew him.
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