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Soldier family demand belongings
L/Cpl Allan Douglas
The last picture of L/Cpl Douglas minutes before he was shot
The parents of a Scottish soldier killed in Iraq are angry that his belongings have not yet been returned - eight weeks after his death.

Lance Corporal Alan Douglas, 22, of Aberdeen, was shot by a sniper while on duty with The Highlanders.

His parents said their son did not want to be in Iraq, and that the added torment of now having to wait for his belongings was unnacceptable.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said everything possible was being done.

The soldier's mother Diane told BBC Scotland: "I would like to know why my son died eight weeks ago and we have not seen anything belonging to him.

Packed up

"They keep telling us about paperwork and red tape."

An MoD spokesperson said they were doing everything possible to get the soldier's belongings back to his family.

The MoD said all of his belongings from his room at his base in Germany had to be checked, documented and packed up.

The spokesperson added the soldier's family had been appointed an officer to help them with any problems they encountered.

Vigils held

L/Cpl Douglas had a full military funeral in Aberdeen, but without a traditional eight gun salute at the request of his family.

The day after L/Cpl Douglas died, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards soldier Cpl Gordon Pritchard was killed in Umm Qasr, Basra province.

Cpl Pritchard, 31, was the 100th British soldier to die since the 2003 invasion.

Vigils were held in cities across Scotland at the start of February to mark the deaths of the two soldiers.




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