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Last Updated: Friday, 20 October 2006, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Afghanistan bombing marine named
Gary Wright
Gary Wright was described as an outstanding marine
A marine killed in a suicide bombing while serving in Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence.

Gary Wright, 22, from Blanefield in Stirlingshire, died following the attack on a military convoy in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province.

Marine Wright, who served with Arbroath-based 45 Commando, was airlifted to hospital but later died from his injuries.

The attack happened as the convoy left the Afghan National Police Station.

One other Royal Marine was seriously injured and two children were killed in the incident, on Thursday.

Marine Wright's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Dewar, described him as an outstanding young marine.

"He was an excellent marine who died doing the job he loved and will be missed by all his friends in 45 Commando," he said.

"Extremely popular with a good sense of humour, he was very highly thought of by everyone who worked with him.

"Our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time."

'Admirable courage'

Val Corry, head teacher at Balfron High School where Marine Wright was taught, said: "We are all saddened to hear of the death of Gary Wright.

"He was a Prefect at Balfron High School and an excellent pupil. He loved sport and was well liked by friends and by teachers."

Brigadier Jerry Thomas, commander of the Helmand task force, said the attack had not deterred the troops from their mission in supporting the legitimate Government of Afghanistan.

He said: "My troops are performing their jobs here with admirable courage and professionalism and will continue to do so."

Marine Wright, who joined the Royal Marines in 2002, previously served in Northern Ireland and was a member of the highly specialised Recce Troup.

The car and motorbike enthusiast was also a former youth player at Rangers Football Club.

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