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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 April, 2003, 18:53 GMT 19:53 UK
Injured Scottish soldier dies
Lt Alexander Tweedie
Tributes have been paid to Lt Tweedie
A Scottish soldier injured in an accident while serving in Iraq has died.

Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie, 25, was among a party of British troops who were hurt during the war in Iraq and brought home for treatment earlier this month.

Lt Tweedie, who was serving with the D Squadron of The Blues and Royals Household Cavalry Regiment, was hurt in a vehicle accident and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment on 3 April.

But the officer, who is originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital.

Alexander's death has shocked and saddened us greatly, and words cannot adequately express the depth of our grief
Gavin and Philipa Tweedie,
Lt Tweedie's parents

An Army spokeswoman said Lt Tweedie, who was single, had been seriously injured when a Scimitar armoured vehicle overturned on 1 April during operations in southern Iraq.

He had joined the Army in September 2000 and was commissioned in August 2001, serving with the Household Cavalry in Windsor.

Lt Tweedie's parents have paid tribute to a "loving son".

In a statement, Gavin and Philipa Tweedie, who live near Hawick, said: "Alexander's death has shocked and saddened us greatly, and words cannot adequately express the depth of our grief.

"He was a wonderful, loving son who brightened the lives of everyone who knew him.

Regimental tribute

"He was proud to serve with the Household Cavalry, and had a very promising career ahead of him.

"We are proud of Alexander and will remember him in our hearts forever."

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande, said Lt Tweedie never recovered after going into a coma.

"It was with great sadness that the Household Cavalry Regiment learnt of the death of Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie of The Blues and Royals," Lt Col van der Lande said.

Ambulance at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Injured troops were flown to Scotland
"Despite the excellent medical care which Alexander received, both in the Gulf and afterwards from the National Health Service, he never recovered from his coma.

"The recent weeks have been particularly difficult for Alexander's parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

The news comes the day after the funeral of the first Scot to die in the Gulf.

Lance Corporal Barry Stephen, 31, of 1st Battalion The Black Watch, was killed in action in southern Iraq on 24 March.

He was given a full military funeral in his home town of Perth on Tuesday.




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