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Corporal William Thomas Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint both from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland (2 SCOTS); and Private Robert Murray Hetherington from 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment Of Scotland (7 SCOTS). They died of injuries sustained on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

They were part of a patrol travelling along Route 611 between Forward Operating Base Ouellette and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai in Nahr-e-Saraj District when their
vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. They were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion where it was confirmed that they had been killed in action.


Born in Irvine on 27 January 1983, Corporal Savage enlisted into the British Army in April 2003. After completing recruit training he joined The 1st Battalion, The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment) in November 2003.

He deployed to Iraq on Operation Telic in 2004 and completed two previous
deployments to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 8 in 2008 and Operation Herrick 13
in 2010 with 2 SCOTS. He excelled on the Section Commanders' Battle Course on 17
June 2011 and was promoted to full Corporal shortly afterwards. Prior to his
appointment as a Section Commander in a Rifle Company he had been a member of the
Regimental Police.

Corporal Savage deployed to Afghanistan on 11 March 2013. He commanded 3 Section, 1
Platoon in a District Enabling Company composed of Bravo Company Group, 2 SCOTS,
part of the First Fusiliers Battlegroup. He was based in Forward Operating Base
Ouellette in the Northern Nahr-e-Saraj District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Corporal Savage was a keen sportsman who enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities. He
was enthusiastic about skiing and was a talented kayak instructor.

Corporal Savage was a shining example of a Scottish infantry soldier and was a
rising star in the Battalion with an extremely bright future ahead of him. He will
be sorely missed by the entire Battalion and will always be remembered. He leaves
behind his wife, Lyndsey, who is expecting their first child.

Corporal Savage's wife Lyndsey has made the following statement:

"I am completely devastated by this news but extremely proud of 'Sav' and everything
that he has achieved.

"He loved being a soldier!

"I have lost the love of my life and the father of our son. I know his life will
live on through so many amazing memories that we shared together. He will be deeply
missed amongst family, friends and the Regiment."

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Lindsay, Commanding Officer, The Royal Highland Fusiliers,
2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"We will remember Corporal William Savage as an exceptional soldier, a dedicated
leader and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. He was a classic example of
a Scottish infantryman; robust, committed and blessed with a fine line in banter. He
had made the Battalion proud with his excellent recent performance on the Section
Commanders' Battle Course at the Infantry Battle School and he was rightly proud of
his well earned reputation as a tough combat soldier. He had proven his credentials
on two previous tours of Afghanistan and we considered him a leading light amongst
the corporals in the Battalion and Regiment.

"Corporal Savage's composed and professional approach had a calming influence on his
Platoon and he was seemingly unaffected by the dangers he faced daily in
Afghanistan. He was unflappable and this example inspired his fellow soldiers. In a
similar manner his bright personality lifted the spirits of those around him,
particularly during difficult times.

"Corporal Savage also played a full and vibrant part in wider Battalion life;
whether it was growing an extravagant moustache for charity or organising social
events in the Corporals' Mess, he was always at the forefront of the fun. He was
very popular with us all, but particularly with our junior soldiers because of the
compassion and understanding he showed them.

"The loss of Corporal Savage has been a hammer blow to the Battalion and the
Regimental family. We are all immensely proud to have known him and we will miss him
dearly. He will always be remembered as a brilliant soldier and a remarkable man.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lyndsey and his family at this tragic

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Swift, Commanding Officer First Fusiliers, Transition Support
Unit Nahr-e-Saraj, said:

"The loss of Corporal William Savage will be keenly felt by all in the First
Fusiliers Battlegroup. He arrived in Afghanistan only seven weeks ago but he had
already made a tangible difference to the combat effectiveness of his Section. He
was an outstanding leader who took pride in inspiring his men to follow his lead; he
demonstrated compassion and courage in equal measure. Corporal Savage's sacrifice
has deepened our admiration for the courage of those who so willingly risk their
lives in order that others may hope to live in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are
with his family and friends at this most difficult of times."

Major Stephen Dallard, Officer Commanding B Company, The Royal Highland Fusiliers,
2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Corporal William Savage joined B Company in January 2013 after the Company was
re-roled to take over Forward Operating Base Ouellette. He made an immediate
impression on me, relaxed in character and yet utterly professional. Deploying on
Operation Herrick 18 with a section consisting of many new Fusiliers, he led by
example and managed his Section with warmth and compassion; it was clear from the
start that Corporal Savage was hugely popular with the men he commanded. Since
arriving in Ouellette he has been a pillar of strength to his Section, leading and
guiding them through the initial difficult few weeks of deployment. During the
Company's final training in Camp Bastion I was able to see much more of Corporal
Savage than I had managed in pre-deployment training. It was evident he was
immensely respected by his peers, with most looking up to him and seeking his advice
and guidance. It has been a real privilege to have commanded a Junior
Non-Commissioned Officer of such quality, a man finessed with a genuine and sincere
character. Despite only serving in B Company for four months, he had integrated
fully and become part of the Junior Non-Commissioned Officer fabric that underpins
the Company. His loss is deeply felt by all and our heartfelt condolences go out to
his family, in particular his wife Lyndsey at such a devastating time."

Lieutenant Robin Hold, 1 Platoon Commander, B Company, The Royal Highland Fusiliers,
2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Corporal Savage was a charismatic and enthusiastic individual. He possessed the
ability to inspire those under his command due to his competence and professionalism
as a soldier and through his confident personality. He was always thoughtful and
caring, putting the needs of the Platoon before his own. I have worked with Corporal
Savage for six months and during that time his diligence and ability impressed me on
every level. He had so much potential to succeed in his career and I have no doubt
that he would have excelled on any path he wished to take. Words cannot describe the
impact that his loss will have on the Platoon. He will not only be missed as an
excellent soldier but as a well-rounded and amicable character. My condolences go
out to his wife and family at this emotional and difficult time."

Warrant Officer Class One Billy Garrick, Regimental Sergeant Major, The Royal
Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Corporal William (Sav) Savage will be remembered as a true Jock, never stuck for
words and quick to reply with humorous banter. His manner was such that warming to
his wide smile and endless enthusiasm was easy to do regardless of rank. My first
impressions were of a man with so much to give and the bright future ahead of him
was evident from the first day I met him. He was that true Scottish soldier, never
phased by the challenges that were brought upon him and quick to help others when
required. A truly talented Junior NCO who led by example in all that he did.
excelling at every opportunity both in the barracks and on operations. He was a true
friend to those who served alongside him. There will be a gap, not only in the
Corporals' Mess, but Battalion wide. My thoughts are with his wife, Lyndsey, the
future of his child, and his family and friends at this time."

Warrant Officer Class 2 Stevie Main, Company Sergeant Major, B Company, The Royal
Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Corporal Savage was an outstanding soldier, professional throughout and set the
high calibre of Junior Non-Commissioned Officers within B Company. A true friend to
all ranks within our Company and across the whole Battalion. My thoughts are with
his wife Lyndsey and their families. You will always be in my prayers, mate."

Sergeant Saisi Vono, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon, B Company, The Royal Highland
Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Sav was a good friend and comrade within the B Company Group. I have known him for
years, he was a good humble person and very well respected by his peers. My friend,
may your soul rest in peace and my heart goes out to your family mucker. May God
bless your soul."

Corporal Connor Grant, 2 Section Commander, 1 Platoon, B Company, The Royal Highland
Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"A true professional and a true friend. I am proud to have known him, he was taken
far too soon."

Corporal Mark McLaren, 1 Section Commander, 1 Platoon, B Company, The Royal Highland
Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"A kind, considerate and professional soldier, I feel proud and privileged to have
served with him for so many years. He will be truly missed."

Lance Corporal Andy Dunsmore, Second in Command, 1 Section, 1 Platoon, B Company,
The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"It was a pleasure and honour having Sav as a friend and part of 1 Platoon. He was a
true friend that you could rely on for any help or advice. Gonzo will be sadly
missed but never forgotten."

Fusilier James O'Brien, Rifleman, 2 Platoon, B Company, The Royal Highland
Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment, of Scotland, said:

"Mrs Savage, it hurts me so much to write this to you on this day. I can't begin to
think how you feel right now. On the 20 April, myself and William got tasked to help
some contractors make the area safe. It was just me and William most days and each
night for a week. We talked and laughed about so much. He had some amazing advice
which helped me so much and made me a better person and I will always be grateful
for the time we spent together out in the desert, in camp or on courses. I will
never forget him or the time we had together, he was the perfect man. I am so sorry
for his wife Lyndsey, the baby and the family. I will never forget him."

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