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Afghanistan death soldier named

Serjeant Phillip Scott
Sjt Scott also served in Iraq and Northern Ireland

A British soldier killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on Thursday has been named as Serjeant Phillip Scott.

The 30-year-old of 3rd Battalion The Rifles was involved in an explosives clearance operation in Sangin.

Sjt Scott, who was born in Malton, North Yorkshire, lived with his wife and two children in Edinburgh.

His commanding officer described him as "the toughest of men and the gentlest of friends".

Lt Col Nick Kitson, commanding officer of 3 Rifles Battle Group, added: "Naturally charming and disarmingly polite, he was considerate and compassionate to his core.

"Uncompromisingly assiduous at work, he was an inspiration to all and a mentor to those he led in training and on the field of battle."

Sjt Scott's wife Ellen said: "My husband was a very brave man, loved by all his family and a very dear husband and father."

He deployed to Afghanistan in September with C Company, alongside his brother, Robin, a Platoon Serjeant in A Company of the same regiment.

Special forces

Sjt Scott's death brings the number of British military personnel who have died in Afghanistan since the mission began in October 2001 to 230.

Scotty, you were a top bloke in your job and civilian life, you were everything a Recce soldier should be
Sjt Lee Slater

It came just two days after five British soldiers were killed in an attack by a "rogue" Afghan policeman.

Known to his friends as "Scotty," he joined the Army in 2001 and after tours of Iraq and Northern Ireland and time in recognisance, became a training instructor at Catterick.

He was promoted in July and was a Section Commander in Recce Platoon at the time of deployment. He had hoped to join the special forces on his return from Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said Sjt Scott had "a glowing Army career behind him and an equally bright future ahead".

Sjt Lee Slater, a fellow Section Commander, Recce Platoon, said: "Scotty, you were a top bloke in your job and civilian life, you were everything a Recce soldier should be."

The Rifles continue to use the rank of serjeant - the archaic form of sergeant



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