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Soldier's name carved on memorial
Barry Stephen
Barry Stephen was killed in action in southern Iraq last year
The first Scottish soldier to be killed in Iraq has had his name carved on the war memorial in his home town.

Lance Corporal Barry Stephen's details were etched onto the granite of Scone War Memorial near Perth marking his death in 24 March, 2003.

The 31-year-old was killed in an ambush in the southern Iraqi town of Az Zubayr while serving with The Black Watch.

He was the first Scot to die in the fighting and the 18th UK serviceman to lose his life in Iraq.

The inscription on the memorial reads: "Iraq 2003, LCpl B. Stephen 1 Black Watch" with his name joining those of fallen comrades from other conflicts over the last century.

Ultimate sacrifice

Black Watch assistant regimental secretary Major Ronnie Proctor said: "Barry was a boy of today's generation and his name on Scone War Memorial will serve to remind young people that our youths are still losing their lives in conflicts around the world.

"Barry died a hero - braving a hail of bullets to help get his mates out of a fix - and his name has now joined those of other local heroes from the two world wars.

We've never forgotten those who fell all those years ago and we - and future generations - will never forget Barry
Major Ronnie Proctor
Black Watch

"This is the final recognition of the sacrifice he made for his regiment, for his community and for his country.

"Barry gave his life in order that people in Iraq and the rest of the world would hopefully have a better life. We have to hope that sacrifice was not in vain."

LCpl Stephen's sacrifice was recognised by the Queen last year when his final actions were honoured by a posthumous Mention In Dispatches - the oldest gallantry award in the British Army - which will take the form of an oak leaf attached to his Gulf War medal.

He was killed in a grenade attack as he braved a hail of bullets to reach a machine gun in a bid to save his comrades pinned down in their armoured vehicle.

'Young life lost'

His citation told how his mortar platoon section was ambushed by fierce opposition on the outskirts of the town.

It describes how he broke through the escape hatches of their armoured personnel carrier in order to man the machine gun and was killed by a rocket propelled grenade.

Major Proctor added: "Barry was born in Perth and lived in Scone and this is a final recognition by the community of a young life lost.

"It's been nearly 60 years since the name of a fallen hero was last chiselled onto Scone War Memorial.

"We've never forgotten those who fell all those years ago and we - and future generations - will never forget Barry."


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