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In the service of our country 363A: Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron
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Major Rupert Kitching, said:

"Colour Sergeant Alan 'Cammy' Cameron's tragic and untimely death is sorely felt. We have lost a true friend, an exceptional soldier and one of life's true gentlemen. Our deep sense of loss must be incomparable to that of his family and the hearts thoughts, and prayers of every man in Left Flank are with them and his loved ones at this most difficult of times.

"It is an exceptionally bitter pill to swallow almost a year after the horrific incident that so grievously wounded him and LSgt Gary Jamieson in Babaji last year. His recovery had been nothing short of remarkable and was testament to his true grit and determination and the tireless support of his family and friends. Selfless as ever Cammy had, throughout his rehabilitation, provided advice and support to others, his own recovery providing inspiration and hope to so many.

"I have known Cammy for almost my entire career and had the honour and pleasure of having him as one of my Platoon Sergeants within the Scots Guards Recce Platoon for three years. He was a stalwart, a hugely capable soldier and always there with a supporting word and a cheery smile. Nothing was ever too much effort for him, his deep-seated sense of loyalty, professionalism and dedication was exemplary. I feel extremely privileged and lucky to have served with him and to have been able to count him as a friend.

"Cammy will be truly missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and sincerest condolences and those of Left Flank are with his family and friends."

Company Sergeant Major Alan Lilley, said:

"He was a true gentleman and friend". 

Major Hugo Clarke, said:

"CSgt Cameron has been part of B Company as far as I can remember back. He was a man who was respected by all, not only for his professionalism and experience, but also for his respect for others and loyalty.  His loss, after such a brave recovery is a massive shock to all of us in B Company.  He will be remembered by us all as a model Scots Guardsman and a true B Company soldier.  He will be sadly missed.  Terrorem Affero." 

Guardsman Dave Watson, said:

"Cammy was a great man and this is a total shock to us all. Everybody who knew Cammy knew he was an excellent soldier. We became close friends at Hedley Court, when I was recovering from my injuries, and I shall
miss him as will all those who knew him."

Capt John McCallum, said:

"CSgt Alan Cameron is one of the most inspirational men I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

"I have known Cammy for around 20 years and nothing, no matter how bad, was ever a problem.  When Cammy came back from Afghanistan having been wounded in action things were touch-and-go but Cammy defied all the odds and pulled through.  Despite his own injuries, he endeavoured to visit all the families of all the other injured personnel in Selly Oak and encouraged them to be positive while they were going through their most difficult and demanding times.  None more so than the Fraser family, whowith Cammy's encouragement never once gave up, even when it looked like the doctors had.  Young Robert is now making great strides in his recovery.

"Cammy has left a huge void in the Scots Guards and will be missed by all. My thoughts are with Nicky and the family.

"Cammy see you at the REORG Mucker."  

Major Jock Dunn, said:

"CSgt Alan Cameron was an inspirational man who enjoyed life to the full.

"I have known Cammy for over 15 years, he was a loyal Scots Guardsman who never shyed away from a challenge, always pushing forward and looking after his men first.  When Cammy came off the back on the
Chinook in Helmand, I was there at the Bastion role 3 hospital to meet him, and despite his injuries he made great progress on his recovery. 

"Cammy has left a huge hole in the Scots Guards and will be missed by all.  All our thoughts and prayers are with Nicky and the family at this sad time."

Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major) AI Mackenzie, said:

"Cammy was a father figure, a calming influence, an honest friend to us all and a fine example of a true Scots Guardsman. From the Corporals mess of the 2nd Battalion, to the dizzy heights of the Sergeant's Mess in the 1st Battalion, his cheery nature would make the worst of days that little more bearable. A passionate rugby enthusiast, be it only from the side line with a pint or two, he could always be relied on for the banter. The 'Calcutta cup' will never be the same again for me, having had the chance to spend the last one with Cammy, both of us hoping it was to be our beloved team's finest hour. No such luck! Cammy will be sorely missed by all who have had the honour to serve with him, Soldiers and families alike. "

Mr Nicholas Brandram (Former Platoon Commander), said:

"Colour Sergeant Cameron, as my Second-in-Command and as one of the Regiment's senior non-commissioned officers, epitomised the experienced mentor. He was a trusted advisor and good friend in the finest traditions of the Scots Guards. The sadness with which I mourn his loss is only matched by the joy and appreciation I had in working with and knowing him."



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