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Captain Walter Reid Barrie from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) was shot and killed in an 'insider attack' at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shawqat in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province on Sunday 11 November 2012.

Captain Barrie was taking part in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at his base when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army. He was fatally injured in the attack.

Captain Barrie deployed to Afghanistan on 31 August 2012 as the 1st Kandak Advisor Team Second in Command, D Company, 1 SCOTS. As the Brigade Advisory Group, 1 SCOTS’ role involves mentoring and advising 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army (ANA) to take the lead in security responsibilities in their area of southern Afghanistan. Captain Barrie advised the Executive Officer of the 1st Kandak of 3/215 ANA Brigade, based in Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province.

Captain Barrie was born on 5 February 1971 in Glasgow. He joined the 1st Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers on 26 October 1987. During his 25 years Colour Service he served on operations in Iraq (on both Operation Granby and Operation Telic), Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland as well as completing a tour of Afghanistan in 2008. As a Non-Commissioned Officer he was immensely talented, instructing at the Army Training Regiment Glencorse and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In 2007 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and became the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS). He excelled as an infantryman and leader of men.

Captain Barrie commissioned as an officer in 2009, becoming the Unit Welfare Officer of 2 SCOTS and was subsequently posted to 1 SCOTS as D Company Second in Command in 2011. His future aspirations were to promote to Major and attend Staff College. Captain Barrie was renowned as an approachable and compassionate officer, he cared deeply for the wellbeing of those around him and had unparalleled rapport with all ranks. The Regiment has lost a truly gifted and devoted officer, who was yet to reach his full potential.

Captain Barrie will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege to meet him. The thoughts and prayers of the Battalion are with his wife Sonia and son Callum (15).

Captain Barrie’s wife, Sonia said:

"Captain Walter Barrie was great man, a doting and amazing father and a fantastic husband. He was much loved and will be missed by many. The family would ask that their privacy is respected during this very difficult time."





 

Added by: Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph on 12th November 2012.

 

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Henry Charles writes [29th November 2012]:

God bless Calum
My heart goes out to you and for you re future
The speech to dedicate you re father was wonderful

 


 

Tracy Jenkins writes [15th November 2012]:

I know Walter many years ago in Lenzie, great guy, really sad to hear the news. Thoughts are with his family and friends xx

 


 

Ex Corporal Rab Muir writes [15th November 2012]:

Great guy,very sad to hear, good blue nose and very good to see Rangers doing their bit to remember him, a great honour, Walter would be very chuffed. Heart goes out to his family & close friends. Rab Muir A company

 


 

L / Cpl Guest writes [12th November 2012]:

Lance Corporal Guest, a Tolay Advisor Team Member, D Company, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Captain Walter Barrie was one of the nicest, kindest, down-to-earth officers that I have ever had the privilege of knowing and working with. He was always happy, full of banter and always up for a laugh. Sometimes it was hard to believe he used to be a Regimental Sergeant Major.

"Captain Barrie was a loving father and husband and always spoke of his ... [read more from L / Cpl Guest]

 


 

W O 1 Paul Wood writes [12th November 2012]:

Warrant Officer Class 1 Paul Wood, Regimental Sergeant Major, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Having only worked alongside Captain Barrie for a short period of time I can truly say he made a huge impact on the way I and many other Warrant Officers addressed difficult issues. He brought a calm logic to any situation and his experience with managing soldiers was excellent. It is this, along with his distinguished career that made him a hugely respected ... [read more from W O 1 Paul Wood]

 


 

Capt Simon Hamilton writes [12th November 2012]:

Captain Simon Hamilton, Tolay Advisor Team Commander, D Company, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (attached from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment), said:

"To me, Captain Walter Barrie epitomised The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Jocks within it. His seemingly limitless morale, his inspiring professionalism and his impeccable gift of communicating with all people, regardless of rank, age or background, made him someone who I am honoured ... [read more from Capt Simon Hamilton]

 


 

Capt Gary Wallace writes [12th November 2012]:

Captain Gary Wallace, Regimental Career Management Officer, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Walter was a true friend from the first time I met him over 12 years ago as instructors at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Since then we have attended many courses together and worked alongside each other more recently in 1 SCOTS.

"The love he constantly showed for his wife Sonia and son Callum was clear to everyone, they were always at the forefront ... [read more from Capt Gary Wallace]

 


 

Capt Bob Stuart writes [12th November 2012]:

Captain Bob Stuart MBE, Quartermaster (Technical), The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"Walter was a Late Entry Commissioned Officer of the highest calibre. He was respected by all who knew him. Walter was a true friend for over 20 years, who I have grown up with through this period and worked alongside on numerous occasions.

"His love for his family is well known and my thoughts go out to them at this difficult time as well as to his wider family ... [read more from Capt Bob Stuart]

 


 

Maj Andy Lumley writes [12th November 2012]:

Major Andy Lumley, Officer Commanding D Company, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"If the sheer number and spread of a man’s friends can be made a judgment of his quality then Captain Walter Barrie was a man of the greatest stripe. A man of effervescent humour, steely determination and the widest compassion, Walter was the epitome of the Scottish soldier; a self-confessed tearaway in his youth who hit top gear when he married his wife Sonia, then ... [read more from Maj Andy Lumley]

 


 

Lt Col Jim Archibald writes [12th November 2012]:

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Archibald MBE, Royal Regiment of Scotland, Quartermaster Main Operating Base Price, said:

"Captain Walter Barrie was a fantastic, engaging and professional man who was universally popular and highly capable in all he did. I have known Walter since 1996 when he was a young corporal at the Army Training Regiment Glencorse, a friendship developed due to our love of football, in particular following Rangers Football Club. I had the privilege to watch him develop into an exceptional ... [read more from Lt Col Jim Archibald]

 


 

Lt Col Philip Kimber writes [12th November 2012]:

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Kimber MBE, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), said:

"Captain Walter Barrie served in the Kandak Advisory Team in Transition Support Unit Nad-e Ali. He worked closely with 1 MERCIAN Headquarters based in FOB Shawqat.

"Walter very quickly became a close colleague and friend to all in 1 MERCIAN. Charismatic and full of life, he immediately became one of the central characters in the FOB. He was always cheerful, positive and willing to ... [read more from Lt Col Philip Kimber]

 


 

Lt Col Benjamin Wrench writes [12th November 2012]:

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Wrench, Commanding Officer The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said:

"My Battalion and our Regiment have lost both a soldiers’ soldier and an officers’ soldier. Captain Walter Barrie was a dedicated husband to his wife Sonia and a loving father to his teenage son Callum. As a soldier he was an experienced and highly professional infanteer. As a fellow officer he was a loyal, enthusiastic leader of soldiers and supportive brother ... [read more from Lt Col Benjamin Wrench]

 


 


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