is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm that Lance Corporal Andrew James Craw,
1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died
following a tragic incident on a training range near
Basrah on 7 January 2004. Aged 21, he was single and
came from Clackmannanshire. The incident is under investigation.
Craw joined the Army in 1999, and, following basic training,
joined the Argylls in 2000. Following service in Northern
Ireland, the Battalion moved to Canterbury in 2003,
from where it deployed to Iraq for operations in January
2004. He was an outstanding soldier who demonstrated
exceptional talent from the outset. Having shown early
potential on joining the Battalion, he was selected
for leadership training and promoted to Lance Corporal
in the summer of 2003.
popular soldier, Andy was an extremely fit and capable
sportsman. In particular, he was a keen boxer who had
represented the Battalion on a number of occasions.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Gray,
is a tragic incident, in the first few days of the
Battalion's six month operational tour in Iraq. Andy
was a bright and promising soldier who will be sorely
missed by all in the Regiment. At present, our thoughts
are with his family, who have asked for privacy at
this very difficult and distressing time."
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