is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm that Fusilier Russell Beeston was fatally
wounded during an incident at Ali As Sharqi on 27 August
2003. Fusilier Beeston was aged 26 and was a Territorial
Army soldier in 52nd Lowland Regiment (Volunteers),
serving attached to the 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish
Borderers in Iraq. He was married and came from Govan.
Acting Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the
King's Own Scottish Borderers, Major George Wilson said:
receiving immediate medical attention from his comrades,
whilst under fire, regretfully Fusilier Russell Beeston
died from his wounds. The thoughts and prayers of
the Battalion are with Fusilier Beeston's family.
He was a well liked and respected soldier, highly
regarded by his peers. I would ask that his family
and friends be allowed the opportunity to mourn his
loss in private and with the dignity that befits a
soldier killed on active service."
family issued the following statement:
family is totally devastated. Russell was a soldier
doing his duty in Iraq and will be sadly missed by
his family and friends."
media are requested to respect the family's privacy
at this very difficult time.
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